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Tracing Your Food Back To Its Source

I have long visited Asian markets (having lived in NY 4 years). Their produce tends to be better than regular marketplace (i.e. Vons) but no less expensive, and not usually pesticide-free. The boxed goods are loaded with sodium and due to the long distances they are shipped - plenty of preservatives as well. Though an excellent source for alternative products (as well as some of the Middle Eastern markets - there's a fabulous one here in Clairemont) - I don't see these as options for more local and/or natural alternatives. Am I missing something?

I am heartened about your gardening experience. I have a small garden - and outside of my tomatoes - which go like gangbusters - the bugs seem to get my gourds and cantaloupes!

November 16, 2009 at 12:13 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Tracing Your Food Back To Its Source

I have young kids and some fairly severe allergies myself- and after reading up on some evidence that removing artificial coloring and nitrate/nitrites can help kids with behavioral/sensory issues - decided to go all natural.

I emptied out my pantry and spent Sunday reading labels at Trader Joe's. I spent a total of $225 on food for 1 week, though lots of it will hopefully be taken into another week.

Scientific evidence can only speak in generalities - it can't speak to individual allergies or sensitivities. Whereas my husband can eat a meal at PF Changs and have a glass of wine without worry - I know that in both cases I will need a hit from my inhaler....(MSG and sulfates both affect me that way). I suspect a large % of families would be positively impacted by better accessibility to more natural options. Dual income families, particularly, are at a disadvantage - to pursue more natural options requires much more from-scratch cooking.

Does it have to be low-end or high-end choices? Can we not retool some of our mass production? How about using schools (our has a kitchen) to pool parents together to purchase and make all-natural meals to take home when they pick up their kids?

With enough demand, we can surely find ways to find make healthier options more accessible.

November 16, 2009 at 10:13 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Escondido Group Carries Guns In Starbucks

I believe another famous man said 'those who live by the sword, will die by the sword".

I also think that just because you have a right - doesn't mean it's the course of wisdom to exercise that right.

September 19, 2009 at 4:57 p.m. ( | suggest removal )