Sunday, 16 October 2011

Blog Action Day - Food

Today is Blog Action Day and, because it coincides with World Food Day, this year's theme is Food.

As our Regular Readers will know, we try to produce as much of our own Food as we can.
From the humble Herbs we grow to the Pigs that we rear, we like to know where our food comes from.

Of course, we don't produce everything we eat and, like everyone else, we are still reliant on other Food Producers.

We are not, however, at the mercy of Supermarkets.
To a large extent, we are lucky in this. Not everyone can keep pigs or chickens, although everyone can grow a few Herbs or Vegetables.
Everyone can also make an informed choice about where they buy their food.

Personally, we are very concerned about the Animals that provide us with food and we are keen followers of Compassion in World Farming.

The facts and figures from their website are staggering and sometimes upsetting.

The message is simple:
"The food you choose has a direct effect on how farm animals live."

Don't believe it?
From the CIWF website:
"Sixty billion animals are farmed for food worldwide every year – the vast majority of them reared intensively in systems that seriously impact on their welfare."

"Six of the largest supermarkets in the UK account for 87% of the money we spend on groceries. These and other major companies in the food industry have huge influence over animal welfare through their procurement policies and the prices they pay to farmers."

How you spend the pound in your pocket does indeed have influence.

It's not difficult. CIWF have a pocket Shopping Guide to help you make your choices, and some actions are so simple.

Someone will no doubt say they can't afford it. This argument will earn little sympathy from us.
We are of a generation that did without what we could not afford. The Sunday Roast was stretched to make more than one meal. Some foods were, quite rightly, a luxury and respected as such.

And to us, Respect is the crux of it all.
Too many of us have lost respect for the food we eat.

We encourage you to read the journey our pigs take from the day we collect them, to the day we say goodbye, through to how we use the food they supply us with.

Then take a look at some of the intensive pig farming footage on CIWF - it is not pleasant to watch, but it cannot be ignored.

We hope that, through this Blog and the stories about our Chickens and Pigs, we are able to share with you the respect we have for our food and, just maybe, have some influence on your personal choices.

I am proud to be taking part in Blog Action Day OCT 16 2011


  1. We saw the film Food Inc. a couple of years ago and it really opened our eyes to how meat is produced in the Western world. It's terrible enough to imagine chemical-reliant and genetically modified crops grown on intensive scales, let alone poor animals.

    We don't raise our own meat (yet!) but I always make sure to purchase local Manx beef and eggs, which are free-range, and UK raised free-range chicken. It's quite a bit more expensive (£5 for two breasts opposed to £3 for four intensively reared breasts) but not only does it have a firmer and tastier flavour but it also eases the conscience. And I don't have any sympathy for people who say they can't afford it either - it's unethical to prefer spending the lion's share of a paycheck on non-essentials rather than investing in your family's health and the well-being of the world's creatures.

  2. A brilliant post, and very timely. I am just in the middle of lots of research about supermarkets and their methods, techniques to make us part with our money and how, and where they source their products, it makes for fascinating and soul destroying reading.

    It also means that I will not be taken in by them any more and intend to do something about it. Like you we can rear our own meat and supply our own eggs and fruit and veggies so we are half way there.

    If the folk that can't do that can at least learn how to shop wisely the whole system could be changed, but in this country at the moment the main criteria for food seems to be price. If it's cheap, heavily packaged and easy and quick it will be bought.

    I was astounded to read about 'apples to go' apple, sliced, coated in preservative to stop it going brown and then packaged in a gas filled 'pillow pack' to be eaten on the an apple in it's skin not good enough anymore?

    Sue xx

  3. Thanks for this thoughtful post which I find both interesting and informative. Flighty xx

  4. What a great post, I think as a consumer if you try to make the right decisions when shopping you can make a big difference.
    Simply by growing your own, even if it is just a herb patch you suddenly are not so keen to throw food away so easily, as you realise the effort involved.
    "We can't afford it" is an argument I hear again and again from friends & the like, but I reckon we can't afford not to shop with a conscience. Thanks for all the info, I'll be passing it on.


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