eating – more complicated than it should be

young cow at meadowUntil about 60 years ago, food was food.

There was no need to worry about whether your food was full of pesticides or artificial flavours, whether it had been genetically modified, pumped full of antibiotics or hydrogenated.

Eating was a relatively simple act.

Nowadays there’s a lot to consider before we even lift a fork.

Of course, we could remain oblivious to what we put in our bodies, how it is produced and the effects it has on us and the environment.

Oblivious or not, every dollar we spend is a vote for or against certain foods. Dig a little and you might not be happy about how your vote is cast.

The alternative is to make positive changes to the way you eat. This isn’t easy.

Learning about the food we eat takes time and effort.

Sourcing and affording more sustainable or healthy food (on top of everything else we have to do) takes time and effort.

Changing eating habits of a lifetime takes time and effort.

The question to ask is: do you believe that time and effort to be worth it?

Here are just a few considerations that the everyday person faces when purchasing food.



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<p>Source: <a href="">Frugal and Thriving</a></p>

Do you find buying and eating food complicated? Do you believe it’s worth the effort?


  1. says

    I find meat & seafood a bit of a minefield: ‘Why is the meat so cheap/expensive? How was the animal reared? Is the fishing sustainable? Is it fresh? Is offal bad for me if I eat too much of it? I should eat less processed meat. Saving roast drippings is thrifty, yes, but is it detrimental to my health?’

  2. Courtney says

    I nearly brought up my brerakky several times as I read that book. I’ve been vegetarian for years and am aware of how animals are treated merely as objects with a $ sign over their heads, but I was completely unprepared to read about the filth that comes into contact with meat before it’s packaged and sold. If people knew about it I’m sure they wouldn’t go anywhere near meat.

    My biggest food concern is local fruit & veg – even though I buy it at a market or local greengrocer, how do I know that it’s truly local? Are there regulations about these things, like does there need to be any proof of where the food is grown for the sign to say “local”? What is “local”? Qld-grown? Aust-grown? Or closer to home? And due to the astronomical prices of fresh food, is it safe to buy from Aldi & the like, so I’m not forking out as much cash? These questions and concerns send me into a panic sometimes!!

    • says

      It is appalling how animals are treated! I did some research and things are better in Australia than the US – hopefully we never go down that path!

      Local fruit and veg it ideal although sometimes it can be better for the environment to ship from overseas rather than destroy the local environment to grow things that aren’t suited to it. Another complication :).

  3. says

    My butcher can tell me which local farm all his meat comes from, and he makes all his small goods in his own shop. At the Farmer’s Market I can talk to the producers of the meat that was alive a couple of days ago. I think that kind of peace of mind is worth paying a premium for. And then eat more beans to make the budget work.

    • says

      That’s the way we’re heading for our meat consumption. We normally bulk buy meat at the wholesalers – we’ve only bought kangaroo and some organic chicken since I read Jon Saffran’s book. I looked into organic butchers but the price!!! We too are eating more beans as a result lol :).

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