I remember when all vegetables were organic and purchased from the local farmer. As a matter of fact, when I was a very young child, I remember a farmer driving his truck around the city where I lived and selling his produce right off the back of his truck. Before supermarkets, our food came from the corner grocery store and with the exception of the Birdseye frozen vegetables and canned vegetables (yuk), it was fresh from the local farmer. If it was out of season, it wasn’t on the shelf. The corner grocery store was often owned by a butcher. Our little neighborhood supported three corner butcher/groceries. The meat was not factory farmed and tasted good. Once a week, the milkman would stop by very early in the morning and drop off farm fresh milk and eggs. My mother would put money in an envelope along with a note for her next order and leave it in the insulated milk box.
Then the supermarket chains appeared and gradually put an end to the corner butcher/grocery stores. This was when factory farming became all the rage and the farmers turned to using pesticides and chemical fertilizers. The ranchers discovered that feeding steers grain made them get fatter faster which meant a quicker and higher return on their investment. Along with the grain came an increase in intestinal salmonella growth in the cattle and the contamination of the meat supply. Cattle are NOT grain eaters. They are grass eaters and salmonella does not grow freely in a grass fed bovine. Besides, grass fed beef is high in Omega 3’s whereas grain fed beef is high in Omega 6’s. That’s a story for another time.
Now, we pay premium prices for organic food which was once the only food that could by purchased at the local grocery. Has Monsanto won or are we waiting for summer’s bounty from the local farmers? I am anxiously awaiting the return of the local farmers’ markets. Now if only I can find room in my small house for my freezer.
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