Resources

As I mentioned early in the life of this blog, it is important not only how you cook your food, but what food you choose to cook as well.  There’s no lack of materials out there you can use to educate yourself about food, but it may take some looking.  Hopefully having some links, books, and information listed here will make the search a little shorter.  Keep in mind that this is a very incomplete list, but it’s a way to get started.

Books/Authors:

Berry, Wendell: most recently Bringing It To The Table, but a huge amount of writing on farming, including fiction and poems

Pollan, Michael:  The Omnivores’ Dilemma, In Defense of Food

Petrini, Carlo: Slow Food Nation

Foer, Jonathan Safran: Eating Animals

Fearnley-Whittingstall: The River Cottage cookbook series

Online:

http://www.cornucopia.org/

http://www.demeter.net/

http://www.demeter-usa.org/

http://www.edf.org/page.cfm?tagID=1521

http://www.animalwelfareapproved.org

http://www.montereybayaquarium.org/cr/seafoodwatch.aspx

http://www.sustainabletable.org/issues/

http://www.conservationmagazine.org/articles/volume-10-number-2/taming-the-blue-frontier/all/1/

http://marinebio.org/Oceans/Conservation/Sustainable-Fisheries.asp

Of course, there are frequently articles in local and national newspapers about food and its repercussions.  If you take the time to think about what you’re feeding yourself and your loved ones (and what may or may not remain to feed those on their way) food will be a more valuable experience every time you eat.

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2 responses to “Resources

  1. Is there a place to look to see whether the company you’re buying meat from (ex. tyson’ for chicken) treats their stock with care? Whether their roidedup, filled with meds, shit on themselves all day, etc.?

  2. The website animalwelfareapproved.org has the most rigorous standards for how farm animals are treated. For the most part, if you’re buying chicken, beef, or pork in the supermarket (definitely Tyson’s), they’re shitting on each other, debeaked, cramped together with less than an 8 1/2 by 11 piece of paper’s space to stand on, and killed pretty brutally. Murray’s chicken is one of the better supermarket options available in the Northeast, and Bell and Evan’s is slightly better than your standard factory brand. But there are unfortunately very few options in supermarkets and other large retailers for truly humanely-raised meat.

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