Do you try to eat ethically? Do you only eat local produce, using nothing that’s been transported via air travel? Avoid certain products or grow your own?
The concepts of eating ethically and watching where our food comes from are hot topics in the food world.
CNN’s forthcoming Freedom Project documentary examines the cocoa industry and the work undertaken to combat exploitation of workers throughout the journey from “bean to chocolate bar,” shining a light on the often challenging issue of eating ethically.
Broadly speaking, eating ethically can cover anything from vegetarianism to eating only local produce and boycotting products which are considered wasteful or exploitative.
iReport asked CNN readers if they think about where their food comes from.
In Kandi, Sri Lanka, Shari Atukorala said people are very conscious of their eating habits and maintaining a healthy diet.
"Most of the stuff we eat is home-grown vegetables, our staple diet is red rice or samba," she said. In the local market, most people try to avoid meat and fatty foods by purchasing fish and vegetables. Eating what is produced locally is part of Sri Lankan culture, which makes it easy to do. "That is what is mostly available here and what people eat."
Listening to my kids
In Wisconsin, Cindy Schultz credits her son, an organic farmer, for teaching her to be more conscious about what she eats and where it comes from. “If there are more than six or seven ingredients it's usually full of fillers and chemicals. If you can't pronounce it don't buy it,” she said he taught her.
“It takes a little more time and money to eat ‘consciously,’ but it is totally worth it. Just knowing you are taking in less chemicals gives you great peace of mind.”
She says she feels happy about her changing ways. “You CAN teach a couple of old dogs new tricks. Thanks, kids!”
Skipping the meat
Marie Sager has been a vegetarian since she was a teen. Her boys grew up with choices, but when Sager divorced and became a single mother, she found it more economical to skip the meat counter entirely.
“They had a lot of substitutions; I made lentil patties as opposed to hamburgers. Whatever I could do to save a few pennies,” she said.
“Gardening takes thought and planning, it takes work, but it also brings me satisfaction that I know what is going in the ground and how it is grown,” writes Andrea Broomfield, a culinary historian and English professor who maintains a large garden with her father-in-law.
“It has also fostered that kind of spiritual and emotional connection with another person, my father-in-law, and that connection brings me well-being, as does the food from the garden that we grow.”
How do you eat ethically? Share your stories in the comments.
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