When I first heard about the big egg recall I felt safe. With all the farms in my state certainly eggs would not need to be shipped in from Iowa.
Then my receipt from this week’s grocery shopping told me I could have bought tainted eggs there. I checked the box at home and although the plant number was not on the recall list, the distributor was a company in Ohio.
The fact that my eggs traveled hundreds of miles to get to my refrigerator was not comforting. I didn’t use to pay attention to the source of my food but focused strictly on price.
Then I began to turn green.
Mr. Boomer and I have always recycled paper, glass and plastic but we evolved. We started toting reusable bags to the store. My plastic water bottles were exchanged for a Camelbak.
I learned about carbon footprint and the cost to the environment by not using locally grown produce. Although I might like fresh strawberries in January it is worth it have them shipped from Ecuador?
It’s time for me to become more mindful as I shop. My pledge is to start paying attention to the source of my fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meat.
I know that food safety issues can happen anywhere. But next time I don’t want to be surprised when I am at risk.
Is it a priority to you to buy locally grown or produced perishables or does price trump all?
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