eat vegetarian on the cheap

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About a year-and-a-half ago, for health reasons, my husband and I committed ourselves to a mostly vegetarian lifestyle. At home we eat entirely vegetarian; when we eat out we allow ourselves to choose meat. It’s also a priority for us to avoid the pesticides in non-organic produce and the hormones that come with non-organic dairy products. Here’s how we eat a ton of fruits and veggies at a fraction of the price you might expect.

Our top strategy is to eat locally-produced foods as often as possible. (Actually, eating locally is a priority for us based on both our physiological needs and the need for Americans to reduce oil consumption. Produce at the grocery store has traveled, on average, 1500 miles to reach us!) Because we live in an Atlanta apartment with no yard or porch, we are unable to grow anything ourselves except for herbs — so we seek out local farmers.  Locally-grown foods are sold to us at the peak of their flavor and nutritional value, making them more enjoyable. Buying from local farmers, we are also able to ask whether the foods we are buying have been grown using pesticides. (The organic certification process is expensive for small farmers, so some small farmers may use organic methods but not have government certification for years, if ever.)

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Venezuela Organic Revolution

As some of you may recall back in October I wrote an article on the Cuban Organic Revolution.  Well it seems that some folks in Venezuela also see the benefit to urban organic farming.  Sure, as of yesterday it basically became a full fledged socialist/dictator run country, but at least they will be eating good food in an environmentally friendly way!  Have a look at the pictures on the BBC’s website.   There are a couple interesting things you may note… they control insects with some sticky nettle juice on a plate (the bugs get stuck to it) and they make their own fertilizer with casings from worm farms.  Pretty neat stuff.  Thanks to Shamus for sending me the link. 

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