Alrighty then…let us delve a bit more into the trouble with food, as I see it.
In the last entry, I touched a bit on my personal aversions to food preparation, which I did do my best to handle as delicately as possible… but now let us take a moment for the big picture, shall we?
It all began, as all things ultimately do, on the Stephen Colbert Report (pronounced “re-pore”). First we had a good chuckle at Sarah Palin; her use of retarded satire, and scribbled hand notes, but then moved on to more serious fare. This being his interview with Jonathan Safran Foer, inre: his new book, Eating Animals – which I, admittedly have not read, yet – but plan to, as soon as I can afford a copy.
They were bantering on, about industrial farming and the horrors contained therein, as well as the misinformative labeling that comes along with the game, i.e. free range, cage free, et al… & I do know a bit about this whole mess, thanks to Mr. Pollan, as well as a general exposure to the market, as well as it’s current marketing strategy.
What this leads me to, is my most shameful dietary shortcoming, which outshines any amount of microwaving, any day, and that is – the consumption of cheap meat.
Cheap meat comes from feed-lots, not farms, & there is a world of difference, and everyone ought to know about it, but only the scientifically minded (who can actually read their way through an entire volume of Pollan) , and others who might only be labeled as abstrusely minded – or, those who take political commentary on the Comedy Channel really seriously – do.
The crux of the issue here is, that the creatures that are subjected to becoming “cheap meat” are exactly the ones who suffer most, and also are essentially the breeding grounds of all food-borne illness. But it’s cheap, and it’s meaty, and we buy it, thereby proliferating it’s existence. I myself bought 3 of Safeway’s nukie dinners, which are two measly bucks each, and yes, you do need to eat at least two of them to feel even somewhat satiated, but that still adds up to a four dollar dinner.
Tonight I had the Swedish Meatballs (I am actually a quarter Swedish, see, so I have to have something from my ethnic background, or else my left leg will fall off…) and it is actually a pretty good recipe. The pasta does get rather squashy after being frozen and re-nuked, but the meatballs and gravy hold up just fine.
& there we have the heart of it! It is the cheap meat that can be squashed and frozen and re-nuked, and it still tastes just fine and Swedish to me… Also, I had the Sesame Chicken, which is served (” “) over wild rice and veggie pilaf, of sorts, also really damn tasty, both were eaten with a subdued sense of shame and remorse.
So I ask you, dear friends, where do we go from here? How do we make, not only the information about where this cheap grub comes from, but also it’s replacement, that has not only integrity, but a price tag – that could be considered by a young, single, and struggling mother?
That, I believe, is the question of the day.
Hah, and if you think that’s tough, how about the question for tomorrow, which will be, how to be self-sustaining in a post-industrial, post-global-climate-chang’ed ecology? So many hyphens! One shudders to think…