A website for finding out about non-toxic paints, carpets, building timbers, clothing, paper and all household things.It is very comprehensive. Everyone has to buy things from time to time and it is good to know where to look for information before you make a big mistake and buy something packed with more chemicals than a packet of Monsanto seed.
My Health Insurance
I see everything that goes into my body as part of my health insurance plan. My mother is 86 and takes no medication and never has. I would rather spend money on the purest food I can find than on pills that could have been avoided. Growing most of our fruit and veg means I can afford to buy the best of whatever else I need, like dairy / feral meat / spices etc. Best means purest and most local, not most even-sized or most even-coloured or most exotic.
On my kitchen bench I have 3 boxes of apricots, picked Thursday from my mother's trees. Today at the market I did not buy strawberries or watermelon or mangoes or other fruit shipped in from northern Australia. This week we will eat apricots, peaches (from a neighbour), dried figs (from last year's crop), blueberries (from the freezer, picked last year) and a couple of bananas (my weekly indulgence, organic, from NSW).
I also only bought a few beans (because they are in season but mine are a bit slow) and some potatoes (which I don't bother growing and don't eat much), as far as vegetables go. In the garden we have tomatoes, cucumbers, lots of salad leaves and herbs, kale, Chinese cabbage, green capsicums (from last year's plants - Tony's Pimento), zuccinis of various shapes and colours....probably some other things.... lots more coming.
I bought some feral goat chops for a BBQ on the weekend as the weather is forecast to be nice. I will make some lentil patties and some vegetable skewers too..... oh I did buy a couple of eggplants too, for the skewers and because I can't wait any longer!
Things that have gone mad, apart from me, in 2008:
Bacon Bacon flavoured everything appears to have gone gangbusters, predominantly in the US. Resulting products included such delights as bacon brownies, bacon vodka and bacon and egg ice cream
Tonka beans Popular among gourmet diners, the seed of the Dipteryx odorata apparently now pops up reguarly on higher end menus – despite being banned in the US because it contains coumarin, a compound that is lethal in large doses. FSANZ say the bean can be toxic when eaten raw but is fine in it's typical current use as an interesting alternative to vanilla.
But the trend for local and/or organic foods is still on the increase despite the economic downturn.