There is a pleasure in making the connection between our food and where it comes from.
So many children grow up not knowing where their food has come from, or the value of what they are eating.
On the day I brought the hens home, I stood and watched them for simply ages!
I watched them investigate their new home and make soft little shrilling sounds, as they approved of the fresh straw and new found space.
What we plant and grow tastes so much better than food we buy.
Of course it does!
Food in supermarkets can be weeks old before it’s eaten!
Not only that but the irradiation can make the food eternal…well almost!
Tomatoes I bought several weeks ago, remain in the pantry, perfect…what on earth are these people doing to our food?
Yes, it prolongs the shelf life of the food we buy, but it also destroys the enzymes in the food!
This procedure involves exposing food to gamma rays from a nuclear source and has wide-reaching implications for our health and the environment.
Irradiation is a way of utilising nuclear waste materials to keep food fresh longer and reduce the risk of food poisoning by killing the bacteria.
The food is killed, as it damages it by breaking up molecules and creating free radicals.
The free radicals kill some bacteria, but they also move around in the food, damaging vitamins and enzymes.
The free radicals combine with existing chemicals (like pesticides) in the food to form new chemicals, called unique radiolytic products.
I could go on…you begin to understand why fresh, home-grown food is best!
Most people are prepared to pay a little more for fresh food but are unaware of the real age of the food they call “fresh!”
A loaf of bread may be 10 days old!
Tesco was recently reprimanded by the Advertising Standards Authority on claiming that it sold “fresh bread baked from scratch!”
Naughty and not nice Tesco, caught with pants on fire!
Tesco and most other supermarkets, ship in part baked loaves and finish baking them in in-store ovens!
There are really very few, if any, cakes, bread or buns actually made in the supermarkets!
Many fresh vegetables are flown in from all over the world and the average age of fresh peas, broccoli etc is about 10 days old!
Compare that to the stir fry I made yesterday, with vegetables a few minutes old.
Or the juice made with “freshly picked from outside the back door herbs” and fruit.
The weekend is almost here!
Why not get some food growing for yourself, for, after all, fresh is best and you will be saving money too!
Against , gathering tomorrow 1pm at the corner of O’Connell & Grattan Street, Sligo.