Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Conscious Consuming

Last night we watched Food Inc. Have you seen it? It presents a very convincing argument in favour of being conscious consumers- especially when it comes it meat.

Fortunately, with the help of this gracious friend, we bought an 8th of a grass fed 'happy cow' that now resides in our freezer. The meat is tender, delicious and a good compromise when compared to our dream of only eating meat that we have raised ourselves (a very distant dream).

This week we are feasting from the panty and finishing up the fruit and veg we already have. Roast vegetable lasagne, chorizo and fetta frittata, home made pizza's and, if i'm honest, probably the odd tin of baked beans for the kids.

I really enjoyed reading your thoughts on the way you feed your families.

righto, i'm off to re-read, respond and ponder your comments on Finding our way to Ethical Eating.


  1. Thanks Em for writing about this. Great reading through all the comments on your last post. Have you heard about the documentary "Earthlings"? As Ellen says, it makes Food Inc look like a Disney movie. Though if you do watch it (can see it on the website, just a warning... I couldn't actually watch it all - seriously disturbing. But will definitely make you think twice about where your meat comes from.
    thanks again.

  2. Have you read 'Eating Animals' by Jonathan Safran Foer? Life changing reading.

  3. Hello, I love the honesty of your blog and have been meaning to post for a while.
    I also contemplate the way I spend money on food and what message this creates both to the world and my family. I have over the years been a vegetarian (10 and 5 years), a vegan (4 months)and also live in a house with two children who can only be described as super tasters so vegetables are a challenge here too.
    I also recommend the fruit and veg at Kincumber am still looking for a good local organic butcher.
    We also budget for $150 a week with three adults and one 12 year old, meal planning helps keep the budget down trips back to Erina result in wasted money and unnecessary food.

    Because you have soo much spare time I can add to your links

    thanks again for your lovely blog.

  4. ** oh should have made clear I am an omnivore but try and limit fish due to overfishing.

  5. I am loving this turn of events. And pleased you watched that movie! xx

  6. Oh ps - I've never watched Earthlings... too chicken. It's heavy. I did love the book "the ethics of what we eat" by Peter Singer. He examines the home diets of an omnivore family, vegan family and veg. Excellent links, lots of tracing the source of the food and chats with food producers. Really recommend it, very easy reading xx

  7. YES! I watched this a couple of years ago and it turned me right off eating meat. But that only lasted a few months. We now only eat organic meat. I am thinking about how to turn us into a family of vegetarians. For Dave, me and Elke it would be fine but Oli pretty much only likes meat. And pasta. I look forward to more of these posts Em! xx

  8. I'd love to know if anyone has any links to information on the meat industry in Australia. I also found Eating Animals interesting but as it's American I'd really like to know more about the situation here. We're fortunate enough to live somewhere that it is relatively easy to purchase meat knowing how it was raised and killed, but until we can afford a bigger freezer it's not an option for us, it's frustrating that money makes the decision but it is what it is at the moment.

    1. This may help some-
      'Hormonal growth promotants (HGPs) are naturally occurring hormones such as oestrogen, or synthetic alternatives, which are used in cattle to accelerate weight gain.

      HGPs— used safely in Australia for more than 30 years—are used on about 40 per cent of Australian cattle and annually add $210 million to the value of the beef industry.'

  9. i haven't seen the movie but am reading the book right now... interesting. i am not a big meat eater myself but try to buy free range, local, organic and pasture fed when ever we do consume meat.

  10. I thought of you as I did my weekly shop this morning.
    When I did my meal planning I went through our pantry and based our meals off of the odds and ends that we had in there...we will be having organic steaks with Jamie Oliver's chickpea salad, homemade butter chicken, and quinoa mac and cheese with panko breadcrumbs. And hopefully today I will get around to making some strawberry oat muffins. Should be a delicious week!
    Thanks for the inspiration!
    And I should add that I spent about $100.00 on groceries for the helped that I stocked up on nappies last week...but still I am happy that I came in about $50.00 under budget!

  11. We omnivores at the moment (it goes in cycles) and the only thing really that disturbs me about eating meat is being so far removed from the production of it. We only use grassfed beef from Tassie and organic other meat, but still... it's great you were able to buy a share of a local animal. I'm off to plant some seedlings :-)

  12. Forks over Knives is also a great watch

  13. I too am a big fan of free range everything. Haven't seen the movie myself but might have to check it out. Thanks for the recommendation!

  14. Some of the scenes make your stomach turn. After seeing that movie I never ate conventional chicken, eggs or beef ever again.


Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em