A while ago now I wrote a series entitled 'Finding Our Way to Ethical Eating' in which I explored feeding a family on a budget whilst being conscious of what we were consuming.
During this time our family made the switch to organic fruit, veg, meat and grains where possible. We now have a box of organic fruit and vegetables delivered once a fortnight and stock up on organic tinned goods and grains from Aldi or Coles when necessary. In addition to this we have soldiered on in producing our own food- canning and preserving where possible.
Our research suggested that 'Food Miles' should be the most important factor when shopping for produce, even above and beyond buying organic (i'll get Dave to write a little more about this in the coming weeks) - this proved a little more difficult for our growing family as Farmers Markets can be stressful places (ironic, i know) when you have little ones running wild.
Nevertheless, Dave and I have tried to uphold these ideals over the past year and have drastically reduced our meat intake as a result. We have adopted the River Cottage approach and now 'eat meat as a treat' finding that good quality Chorizo, local fish or free range chicken find their way to our plates a couple of times each week. I must however confess to still buying cheap mince from the butcher - a busy mum can't argue with 2 kilo's for $16 - the meal options are endless.
I feel that the exploration of 'Ethical Eating' was an interesting and positive one and have decided to continue on this journey of discovery about sustainable and ethical consumption of goods, not just food.
Over the coming weeks I'll be exploring 'The Ethical Face' and 'Ethical Fashion' - both relatively new areas for me and a fairly huge can of worms.
There are so many layers surrounding ethical consumption and rarely are they cut and dry. I'll be doing my best to look into a few of them and find some practical answers.
whoh, here we go.