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Inspiring Ethical Food (and Writers)

December 2nd 2010 21:11
Iíve been getting inspired lately. Iíve spent a lot of time reading food blogs, eating food, and thinking about things. And so I thought Iíd share a few of the changes and ideas that have struck me lately. Thingís Iíd like to incorporate into my life and my food.

Eating locally

Mango


This oneís come from a variety of places. Part of it is seeing mangos for sale here in France while itís snowing outside. On one hand itís a miracle of globalisation and amazing. But on the other hand, the hand thatís holding a lot of weight in my mind at the moment, is the thought of all the energy it took to get that mango here, plus considering just how good quality a mango like that could be, especially compared to the lovely fresh ones Iím used to in mango season at home in Australia. If I had to attribute this idea to someone, it would be the Tigress. I donít think I will ever eat entirely locally, I just love cinnamon and vanilla too much, but I hope to get my percentage local to start heading on its way up.

Eating (and living) cruelty-free

George the Scaly-Breasted Lorikeet
I'd like to think the hens that lay the eggs I eat are as happy as old George here.


This one is something Iíve been trying to edge towards for a while now, but havenít made any real commitment to. And this isnít a promise either. I know that for now my lifestyle isnít anywhere near cruelty-free, but I also know the best way to sabotage any lifestyle change is to make it extreme and sudden. And this is not something I want to be just a fad. So Iím taking it slow. But eventually it will hopefully mean knowing where all of my food comes from, and being happy with what goes on there. I attribute the inspiration for this one to my family. Itís my upbringing, thinking about the consequences of my actions, and compassionate thinking, which make me want my impact on the world to be a cruelty-free one.

Eating with more balance

Fresh Fruit and Veg


This one comes directly from a lady named Gena. While I donít think her lifestyle (vegan, high-raw) is ideal for me, and I donít agree that cruelty-free = animal product-free, this is a lady that puts a whole lot of thought, and love, into her food choices. And the overwhelming message I take away is balance. Itís about feeling good, ethically and physically. And I know that when I spend a day and put a little bit of thought into balancing out nutrients and getting all the components my body needs, I feel a whole lot better than a day where I eat only chocolate-based items.

Feeding people more often

Dinner Setting


I feed people fairly often when Iím home. Iíll have a little party for this or that. But Iíd love to ramp that up a bit. I want to have people over for afternoon tea on the weekends. I want to take someone a cake as a surprise, just because I like them. Itís not easy when you donít have that much money coming in, but sharing food and making people happy with food is a feeling I love, and reading about it in so so many blogs out there, I want that feeling more.

So those are some of my thoughts at the moment. I think itís nice to have goals for yourself. Because you can never be perfect, and thatís a gift, because it means you always have something you can improve, and get that little boost of satisfaction that youíve made yourself a better person. And I think being more ethical is one of those goals that just keep on giving. So what do you think, feeling inspired?

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Comment by Helen Randell

December 4th 2010 21:12
Hi Angelbird - nice post!

I agree with so many of your thoughts on this one. It can be hard to get all these things going - eating locally, organically, ethically and within a budget is a very difficult thing to do. I have been trying to source an ethical butcher in my area, but I don't even really know where to find out information about who is ethical, and who treats their animals well.

We can't always tick all the boxes, but at least more people are trying to tick a few of them!

- Helen

Comment by angelbird72

December 5th 2010 08:12
Thanks Helen.

It is nice to know that more people are trying, just a little bit, to be aware of what they're eating and where it comes from.

It is so hard to know where to start with these things. I suspect it's one of those hidden communities, and once you get in, there are all sorts of opportunities that at the moment we just don't hear about.

Good luck finding a good butcher : )

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