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Poll: Does it matter where your food comes from?

Shopping Poll

How much does it matter to you where your food comes from and whether the workers who tend and harvest the crops have safe working conditions and receive fair compensation? Take the quick poll on this page and share your thoughts.

Bins of local peaches at the Farmer's Market

Bins of local peaches at the Farmer’s Market

Sometimes I miss the days when buying food was less complicated. Do you feel that way too?

Take peaches. We can get them all year round now, if we don’t mind hard apple-like orbs picked solid green and shipped around the globe, or rather up the globe, if you’re in North America as I am.

Here at Chez Grace, we love our peaches, but only when they’re juicy and tree-ripened, which means we get them for a very short time each summer.

Come winter, I’ll have to choose whether to buy California-grown hot-house tomatoes, which I detest, or farm-grown organic tomatoes from Mexico. Or do without.

That’s a tough decision, too, because I’ve seen stories about farm workers in Mexico working in deplorable conditions and for very little pay.

One thing is certain, buying food isn’t the simple trip to the grocery store it once was. Or is it?

How about you?

What do you think about when you plan your grocery list for the week? Would you be willing to share your thoughts?

Take this quick poll, choosing the answer that most resembles your buying decisions, then share your feelings about your choice in the comment section below.

There’s no right answer. This is your opportunity to have your say.

9 Comments

  1. Hi Kathyrn,
    Good article and I am glad you asking these questions. I care very much about what I put in my body and the practices of farmers methods. When foods are shipped from miles such as tomatoes even if they are organic they still lose their nutrition value and no inhuman practices should be supported. I buy as much local as possible – usually never buy fresh produce unless its local and I check to make sure I know what the farmers use on their soil and produce. I grow as much as I can myself or use from family garden. If I have to buy in a grocery store I make sure it is organic. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & tweeted. Have a healthy happy blessed New Years!

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  2. I am concerned about not only where the food comes from, but what’s in it. My most recent concern is how tomato workers in south Florida are treated. It’s becoming a big issue around here, but not yet big enough. I do buy fresh produce mostly from local farmers’ markets, but I have been know to buy out-of-season strawberries. I like to grow my own food as much as possible, but my little garden isn’t doing so well this year. So I’ve had to buy more produce than usual. I try to freeze lots of tomatoes and chopped onions and bell peppers for winter. I think it’s great that you are promoting this topic.

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    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Maria, as well as for your support around this topic.

      This is the first I’ve heard about poor treatment of tomato workers in Florida. If you could provide a link to an article or two, I’d greatly appreciate it. I’ll pass it along, too.

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      • Sorry to be so long in replying. I’ve been mostly away from my laptop for several days now. It’s time to get back to work. About your question: the bottom line is that the tomato growers (huge conglomerates) get away with saying they don’t pay low wages, and don’t hire undocumented workers because they contract with companies who hire the workers, and bus them to and from the fields. Those companies require they workers to ride their buses to the fields extremely early in the a.m., then sit around in the heat and wait to pick tomatoes until the sun has dried the dew off the plants. They have to fill buckets with tomatoes. When full, the buckets weigh about 40 lbs. The workers are paid one penny per bucket.Male or female, pregnant or not, they have to lift these buckets (or throw them) up to a guy in a big dump truck. There’s far more to this story than I have room or time to write here, but I am working on a new food website/blog called Cooking with Bo and Mia. I plan to put a lot more info there. For now, only the Home page and About page are published. I’m trying to get all, or most, of my recipes moved there before I publish any of them. I’ll let you know when it’s “ready for prime time”.

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        • Maria, thank you for sharing that story about the Florida tomato farm workers. I wish I could say it is unimaginable, but I’ve seen so many like it that I can imagine it sharp and clear.

          These are stories that, once upon a time, if enough of us talked to our local media outlets, would get coverage that eventually got picked up by the major networks. So hard to get those stories out there now.

          Congratulations on your new web site! I look forward to it with great anticipation.

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  3. I think it is very important to know where our foods come from. I also believe in supporting local farmers over another country. Not all countries have the same practices when it comes to foods.

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