"Like I only eat organic, non-GMO produce from farmers markets to support local small family farms and eat seasonally."
- Some self rightous foodie in Hollywood
Now for a short LOL break...
This clip still has me dying (embarrassingly filmed right here in Los Angeles).
Produce is selected the same way meats and fish are chosen by us only in forms we deem acceptable and in turn we vote with our dollars at the grocery stores. We select forms like broccoli crowns over a whole stemmed broccoli or carrots don't only come with the tops for decorative reasons either, completely edible btw. Instead of eating the whole fish, we like to get filets only. (Cooking a fish whole is MUCH TASTIER btw) Sooooo speaking of fish...
But I shop at Whole Foods and only get wild caught fish!
That's a start, but that still leaves the problem of over fishing popular varieties like Tuna (blue fin in particular), Salmon, Halibut, and Swordfish whose colonies are close to collapsing (not really news as this was reported in 2006). In contrast farmed fish often create a lot of toxic runoff and an inferior tasting quality product. These fish are even fed chicken meal and corn! It's no surprise they don't taste very good!
Veta La Palma in Spain, where about 50 years ago they reversed the channels to flood the canals and a create a 27,000 acre fish farm which as a result they were able to reverse the ecological destruction that once plagued the area. They are also host to one of the largest sanctuaries for birds, which makes no sense if you consider that the birds eat the fish. But the head farmer Miguel describes the relationship of the ecological system through pink bellied flamingos.
He explains that they farm extensively, not intensively. It's an ecological network where Flamingos eat the shrimp and the shrimp consume phytoplankton. The pinker the bellies of the flamingos, the better. Vera La Palma is a farm where they don't have to feed the fish, measures the success of it's product by the success of their predators, and is so healthy that the water brought in from the rivers gets filtered clean right into the Atlantic ocean. Of course you might say to yourself well how's that model going to feed the world? Well it won't be due to not having enough since we produce enough to feed the world twice over. The question we should be asking ourselves is how do we feed ourselves? How can we create conditions where every community can feed themselves.
We need to disregard the current agribusiness model which has never produced anything tasty to eat. Nowadays you eat beef and chicken and think to yourself, that wasn't very good. If you're feeding more people more cheaply how could that be bad. Quality is down due to lack of fertility of the land which in turn is even more damaging to various ecological habitats around the world.
If you have the ability to plant your own produce and learn what goes into growing crops, you'll discover how much tastier it is. We need to look towards an ecological model that's been sustainable for over 2,000 years and not the USDA. Look to farms that restore instead of only produce, because there we will find a synergy of better tasting products and a healthy enviornment.