The industrial system is not capable of protecting us from listeria, salmonella, E.coli and antibiotic resistant bacteria. What it is capable of is spreading these things far and wide. Just have a think back to the tragic E. coli outbreak in Germany in 2011. This wasn’t caused by an unpasteurised cheese, a second hand egg carton or nitrate free ham. In fact, as far as I can tell, due to the massive movement of food across the globe, the source still seems unclear with Spain, Germany and Egypt all thought to be sources of contamination at some point during the investigation. I found an article on an outbreak of Salmonella in the UK that was blamed on ready to eat, pre sliced watermelon shipped there from Brazil. Isn’t that the perfect caricature of our energy expensive, wasteful, ridiculous food system? Is it so hard to ship something in its own skin and use a knife yourself?
|Rillettes hard at work.|
|Tasmanian Tree Frog and French sorrel.|
We need legislators to fight our corner for us, as we are too busy digging, and we need to take ownership of the fact that what we buy shapes the world we live in.
I am writing from my heart, no references or sensible things like that here, but here are a few things, in the order in which I discovered them, that resounded with me and shaped my thinking on food.
Living the Good Life, Linda Cockburn
Real Food, Nina Plank
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Barbara Kingsolver
Eating Animals, Johnathon Safran Foer
Also pretty much everything on the blog roll on the right of your screen, there are many inspiring and incredible people fighting the good fight!
And finally, this lovely rant shared on Facebook this week by Elaine and Colette.
You may also have noticed we're at Farm Gate Market in Hobart with our produce and ever growing range of edible plants every single Sunday! The chef has left the kitchen and has become a full time food gardener, so expect to see our stall brimming with wonderful food over the coming months.
|Underground bulbs of walking onions and winter savoury. |
Both hardy and easy to grow, both utterly delicious.