Be aware: Where does your food come from?

Fish from China
I am trying to cook more fish these days. Last week, I saw cod on sale and was happy to see the fish was sourced from Montauk in Long Island, NY. (I always ask where the fish is sourced.)

This week I saw flounder on sale for $3.99 in the weekly circular, but in my eyes I was not really getting a good deal. The fish was shipped from China. Really? We can’t get flounder in the good ole USA? What is that about? Did you know local supermarkets carry fish from Vietnam, India and China? Is it really necessary for fish to travel thousands of miles for us to eat? I don’t think so. Inquire and be aware of where your food is coming from and support local food producers.

Helpful Tip: On a positive note… If you are looking for help preparing healthy home-cooked dinners, the Six O’Clock Scramble (online menu and recipe service) is awesome! The “What’s for dinner?” question is so much easier to answer now. Big fan of the service…check it out.


5 thoughts on “Be aware: Where does your food come from?

  1. We encourage everyone, whether eating in a restaurant or shopping at a market, to make sure they are getting wild or wild-caught salmon. In North American in particular, there is no reason to ever purchase or consume farmed salmon. They harm the environment, they harm wild salmon, and they are not sustainable. Most wild-caught salmon comes from Alaska, and an investment in wild salmon is an investment not only in a meal, but in the clean environment they need in order to thrive. If, on a menu or on the package, it does not state “wild” or “wild-caught” it is farmed.

  2. Totally agree with you about paying close attention to where our food comes from, Birgitta, thanks for spreading the word about fish from Asia. I try to only buy fish from the US and Canada. Also, thank you so much for recommending The Six O’Clock Scramble for family meal planning!

  3. I certainly agree that we should be aware of where our food comes from. “Bloom where you’re planted”, I always say. Accordingly, if a food is ‘out of season’ in your neck of the woods, then don’t eat it. For example, grapes are out of season here at this time of the year. That is one reason why they are being shipped from other “climates”. In the winter, I enjoy our NYS apples. They thrive in this climate, hence I will, as well!

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