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Yeah, yeah, it’s fixin’ to be a New Year and everyone’s making a resolution. Now, I love resolutions and I hate ’em. Love ’em because it’s a fresh start, a new leaf, a chance to take inventory and change for the better. I hate ’em because we make them and not a lot of people stick to ’em. There’s lots of fancy claims (even ones I’ve been guilty of): “I’ll run 10 miles every week,” or “We’re going to the gym 5 days a week,” or “I’m going to lose 20 lbs by Thanksgiving,” or “I’ll learn to play the guitar this year.” And how many of us really follow through? Seriously, I’m curious. [Side note: Please post a message and brag about your New Year’s Resolution that you’ve kept.]
Either way, what I notice about our resolutions is that they’re all about improving quality of life. Because most of us realize that life is meant to be lived, we make resolutions that get us closer to living. Love it.
So, this year, Sean & Nicole are getting into the swing of things. Our New Year’s Resolution . . . drum-roll please! . . . is: Eat only Local, Organic, Sustainable Meat. Ta da! Now this whole ‘organic movement‘ has been around for some time, with the ‘local/sustainable movement’ joining ranks in the last few years. Depending on where you live, you may or may not be aware of it. Now, there’s lots of conversation, media, and debate about these issues. And I’ll have to admit that I often have to restrain myself. I’d really love to be a radical individual who’s platform is this; however, this is not all that I’m about. It’s just a piece of how I seek to live a True Life connected to God – to consider nature and in a removed way (I acknowledge I grow none of my own food at this point in my life) try to ‘care’ for the creation we have.
I’ve done some research on what people are saying about eating local and eating organic. Here’s some of the articles I’ve gathered if you’re curious to know more:
Time Magazine – many times, Sean and I have stood in the grocery store and contemplated the same debate between the two apples that the author describes. Shopping for 20 items can take us 1.5 hours because we deliberate over which ‘apple’ to purchase.
Eating Local Challenge – what some people are doing!
Joel Salatin of Polyface Farms – quite a dynamic guy, who’s fun to listen to. Also controversial in some circles.
Southern Living – yes, even Southern Living is talking about it!
Some of the roadblocks to eating local, organic:
Supermarket News – It’s hard to define
We’re giving it a shot! From time to time, I’ll write about how we fail. How we succeed. How we feel about it. What we’re learning. What we wish we’d do differently. And where we’re shopping for this meat. 😉