Poop, is how I feel, what I'm thinking, and also what I need to do.
Caution: this post is unsuitable for the Queen of England, and other people who don't like bathroom talk.
In case you haven't noticed I need to poop...a perk of being an uneducated local eater/vegetarian/gluten free baby: constipation...Why? I don't know, maybe the lack of fruit and dairy in my so far "environmental" diet. Well, at least I'm using less toilet paper.
My mom always is asking me if I would "talk to my Grandmother like that" ; sorry mom no, I wouldn't talk to Grandma like this, but Grandma can't use the computer so eff it.
I come to you with another guilt ridden conscience... yesterday as I ran into CVS to pick up some much needed do-dads GM got the best of me...No, not General Motors, General Mills aka cereal. I bought it, I ate 1/2 the box, and no it didn't feel good or make me happy. I WAS SO FRUSTRATED WITH HAVING NO BREAKFAST FOOD! Or snack food...which isn't a valid excuse but it's the one I'm using. Not only was it not an environmental buy, it was also $5, so it wasn't a budgeted buy either: double fail.
I'm discouraged, not because I bought cereal but because I feel like I still don't know what I am doing. What am I supporting? I have been reading more and more articles and watching documentaries on food, and the agriculture system and it makes me wonder why do we have the system we have? Can we change it, and still feed people? What about the poor? What happens if we reform and food prices go up? What happens to the people who can't buy organic, who can't afford a farmers market, and who rely on that f**king dollar menu?
DAMN YOU 47%!!!
Poor people screwing all of us up, amiright?
I remind myself I am doing this challenge for me, to see if a middle class gal, with a budget, and a couple papers due can successfully reduce her carbon footprint but I am not in a bubble, and I can't help but ask myself- what is the point? There are reasons why we import most of our almonds from California- because they can't grow here, and there are reasons why California gets their potatoes from the Midwest, so what happens if we all only eat local food? I think there are greater implications then me not eating almonds and Katy Perry living without a french fry.
So I did some research, read a few things and the main article that stared me in the face and called me a stupid idiot was The Inefficiency of Local Food by Steve Sexton. This article points out some gaping holes in the local food movement, such as how can we possibly feed who we need to locally without increasing farmland/production/pesticide use/ and ultimately our carbon footprint. So I thought about this, and yeah it seems unlikely we can feed our state with only food grown in our state, and I'm not an economist but would the import drop cancel out the loss of exports? I don't know, the point is clearly there are costs and benefits and it isn't all good on either side.
Suddenly my high horse doesn't seem so high, and I feel a little like walking.
Back to the question why we are the way we are: because we needed to feed a lot, lot MORE people so we needed to kick up production in a cheap way without using much more farmland. Introduce pesticides and factory farms. Yay rejoice problem solved! Oh wait, shit- the environment! Introduce local food movements, organic farming, and general yoga doing veggies like me! Yay, rejoice problem solved! DOUBLE SHIT- we don't have enough food/farmland to feed all y'all people that are reproducing like its the 1950s!
So what do we do?
First off don't have kids. We can't feed them. Go to your planned parenthood, oh? whats that it's closed? WELL EFF YOU if you don't like the 47% at least give them access to family planning so we don't get more of them .
Secondly- yeah, there are some pretty serious consequences on both sides, but we need something to happen.
If we increase instate production, we probably will increase production of the staple crops driving the price of local veggies up and the price of that damn corn down, that's clearly not the goal. The goal is to start using what we can in state, local food, pesticide free growing, maybe stop qualifying vegetables as a "specialty crop" so that farmers have incentives to grow them.
Lets see who we can feed without using more pesticides and fuel, we probably can't all live sustainably, as local-vores but that doesn't mean give up and buy a chemically produced peach from Cali.
So here I am, I'm sticking to my 100% by the holidays goal and later I'll have a cucumber I bought at the farmer's market on Monday from Loyola students that I know, and who I know grew it, picked it, and cared for it...and yeah I might fall off the wagon and buy some yogurt for this whole poop problem, but it won't be the end of the world and I think I get some wiggle room as I figure this whole thing out.
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