Posts Tagged ‘organic food’

Local Eggs

September 10th, 2011

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The search for local eggs has intensified in the public eye with the outbreak of salmonella poisonings in recent history.  One would think, in an ostesibley free market system, that the best eggs would not only be cheapest,  BUT HEALTHY FOR US AS WELL.  The cost of illness, hospitalization and death were not configured in the chicken egg talleys when it came to corporate profit accumulation.

The eggs sold by some of the large corporate farms killed people.  It became profitable to serve poor food because of marketing and social apathy.  One would guess from our addiction to mass production that finding correctly priced local eggs would be difficult, but it is not.  Websites abound in providing folks the knowledge to find grass fed beef, organic vegetables, etc…It is just the dominant paradigm which quietly urges people into the easiest, most convenient decisions.  Apathy.

Those decisions invariably result in some loss of productive life and the consequent profit for the corporation holding the reigns.  Start a garden, buy local eggs…heck raise chickens (please don’t attempt to raise animals unless you are comitted to the utmost integrity of their existence, and very importantly, their demise).  Capital has an insidious means of influence.  If one can escape the pathways that have been mapped out for us, then one has a chance to be free.

Local Eggs.  Start with a circumference of 15 miles.  Eventually you might be able to get within a mile, or even pehaps your back yard…Local produce…local meat…the possibilities abound.  Just  the first step, say to merely buy local eggs or to shop at the farmers market, is a move away from the system.  Away from money in the pockets of people who don’t know us, and don’t really care about our health or welfare.   We are merely numbers in an inhuman mathmatical equation.

If I had a Volkswagon bus right now, I would paint “Local eggs!” on it and drive around town sparking conversation.  Wouldn’t it be fun (and cost effective, my sceptical friends) to be able to barter eggs from the around the neighborhood;  trade eggs for honey maybe, salads and vegetables during the spring and summertime; squash and apples in autumn.  We can start with local eggs and see where that takes us…

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The future of fish

February 9th, 2010

A guest came into the restaurant tonight and started asking questions.  While you are on stage (behind the bar) you receive questions from every angle, and concerning every facet of the business.  And quite rightly, since people ought to be aware of what they are eating and how it is served and even the basic philosophy of the restaurant.

Granted some questions are quite farcical and evoke gales of laughter back in the kitchen when we are all rehashing the evenings service.  But these were good questions.

“How can it be a steelhead if it is a farm raised fish and doesn’t go out to sea?”

“What’s the difference between a farm raised steelhead and a wild steelhead?”

“What’s the difference between a salmon and a steelhead if they are both farmed?”

I explain that the steelhead  are trout raised in pens in the Puget Sound off Tacoma, and I explain why we have chosen, as a restaurant, to purchase our selection of farm raised fish from these purveyors.

The oceans are growing incresaingly unhealthy with large islands of garbage and huge areas without botanical life, or “dead spots”.  Sure, farms exist that merely pump out the fish with the lowest cost to the farmer.  Farms are even now teaching fish how to eat corn since corn is subsidized by the government and the cost is below the cost of production.  But not all farmers have lost the integrity of the product, nor have all farmers suffered the wrath of the giant corporations and have been driven out of business by Monsanto, or ADM, et al.

Here in the Northwest restaurants still have the choice to buy local, and to find farmers who understand and embrace the obligation to provide only good, healthy food to the customers who consume it.  The word Farm has not yet  been completely devoured by the industrial farming business.  Not yet.  With hope and consciousness perhaps we can prevent the absorption of farming by big business.