I am a HUGE advocate for the good food movement. Our food supply in America has been needing some serious work to say the least, from factory farming to a tainted seed supply. GMO’s have infiltrated and selection of seed for a harvest has focused on mass quantity but is terribly lacking in quality. Yes, we are what we eat. The number of patients that I see everyday with auto-immune, headaches and digestive issues steadily increases. It seems that grass root movements are sometimes the best way to get our voices heard and to get things done. The tide has started to turn for the best but still needs allot of work. That means supporting, demanding and choosing the farmers and the advocates on that journey. However, shopping for sustainable food choices can be difficult. Labels are confusing and the controversy over standards continues to grow. All-natural, grass-fed, free-range, pasture raised, sustainable sourced, certified organic, non GMO.
I started this post wanting to share a watchdog organization called the cornucopia institute (pictured below). https://www.cornucopia.org/ “The Cornucopia Institute, through research and investigations on agricultural and food issues, provides needed information to family farmers, consumers and other stakeholders in the good food movement and to the media. We support economic justice for the family-scale farming community – partnered with consumers – backing ecologically produced local, organic and authentic food”
This organization actually goes out and inspects farms for authenticity and quality. They have an egg scorecard and a dairy scorecard, so we can look up the products in our local market and see what we are purchasing and support those farms that are working hard to maintain good practices. Their website also has information on our seed supply and GMO labeling. The website is an incredible resource and I was actually surprised to find out that one of the best farms for eggs is local and carried in my local grocery store! Awesome!!!
Finding sustainable farms with good practices for livestock is a little harder. Look for labels that say 100% grass fed and grass finished, not grain finished. It is best also to have at least two credible third-party certifications on the label. Always try to buy organic when possible because this limits the introduction of GMOs. This website seems to be a great resource for farms with best practices: https://www.americangrassfed.org/producer-profiles/
Happy shopping, your bodies and your biomes depend on it!!
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