Sunday, June 13, 2010

Is it Chemically Derived?

Recently, I started a vegetable garden in my back yard so gardening has become a new hobby of mine. I spent the whole afternoon today watering my precious, organic vegetables and it's been very serene and rewarding watching them grow and flourish. But my main motive for growing a vegetable garden started with me wanting to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. Ever since I became a vegetarian five years ago I've been looking for ways to substitute meat-eating with more sustainable alternatives. However, as I became more committed to my vegetarianism and sustainable living, I began to get dissatisfied even with vegetables. I'm always suspicious of where my food came from because I really had no choice but to scrutinize everything I buy in order to be a responsible vegetarian. But vegetables had never been a target of my incessant inspection until I saw the documentary "Our Daily Bread and realized just how foreign (literally) our food has become.
My first realization of this detachment occurred at Save-On-Foods when I saw pineapples on the shelves in mid January. I knew that we couldn't grow tropical fruits here in Canada even without it being the middle of the winter so I my suspicion told me to read the label. So after I found out that it was imported from the U.S. I went around the entire produce section and examined every item. And almost all of them were imported from somewhere outside the country. Having learned that I was instantly disillusioned and realized just how "unsustainable" our food is. I mean, a copious amount of resources must have already been utilized to grow all those out-of season pineapples. So on top of all that, lots of fuels were also used to transport all of them thousands of kilometers away. And it might just be a fruit to a consumer, but it itself is a commodity -- possessing an economic value yet the labor behind it is completely overlooked and its existence is taken for granted. Therefore, ever since then I have been trying to avoid buying imported and out of season food. And since I can't always afford organic and locally grown vegetables, I figured I can just plant them. After all, food is food and they bear social significance to us because they keep us alive. Therefore, they should be easily attainable, natural and I think it is important that always know what we're eating and how they got on our plates.

I guess I was trying to channel my inner farmer with these rompers but my favorite part of this whole outfit was the shoes matched the bag perfectly


c a r l l a said...

wow, i love u're outfit, dear
very cutee ;)

kisses, carlla

Omo said...

im loving the pops of turquoise
very nice

Stephanie said...

I'm going to look at the labels of the fruits and vegetables next time I'm at the grocery store, I'm curious now how many of them are imported or from other parts of the country.

Also, I love the white looks so summer-y!

Isabel said...

I completely hate imported food! Of course, that makes me a hypocrite because I eat it all the time. I make an effort to go to the Farmer's Market as often as possible but I am a vegetarian too so I like to think that makes a relative difference.

Angelica said...

I think it's awesome that you grow your own vegetables. I wish I had a backyard to do the same but I live in a co-op :(.

Growing organic food is nice, but I did read somewhere that if all the world's food was organic and locally grown, 50% of the world's people would starve (I guess due to pests destroying crops and crops not being engineered to grow in less-than-optimal soils). So pesticides and importing are bad, but we also kind of need them at the moment unfortunately.

Also rompers are generally really hard to pull off but yours looks great! Especially with the shoes.

Loes said...

I loveeee your shoes, incredibly jealous.

♥Mimi said...

i love your summery outfit. you look more like a beach goddess than a farmer haha. cool shoes! love the matchy colours (:

I think it's pretty cool you're growing your own veggies. My grandparents have a little garden in our backyard too, tho it seems like a lot of work just for a few tomatoes and cucumbers. but my grandparents have lived in the country since.. for ever, and it's hard for them to adjust to the city I think. anyway, you're definitely committed!

cool post :D

Anonymous said...

While not a food related link, this will perhaps help you to live more gently in the world: