Food Tips

This section is devoted to helping you to source and make top quality nutrient dense foods. It is important to have food sources that you can trust. It is also important to learn a few techniques yourself, so that you can prepare your own food at home.

The list of topics on the right-hand-side of this page provides information on many interesting topics relating to food.

Irish Animals

If you are looking for top quality meat/organs/bones, you should be looking for animals that are farmed to mimic the lifestyle of their ancestors i.e. cows primarily fed grass and other green plants, roaming in pasture for most of the year. Animals who are afforded this lifestyle will provide ample nourishment for us provided they aren't routinely being fed antibiotics etc. Fortunately, in Ireland it is easy enough to find animals that survive mostly on pasture.

In my opinion it is best to talk to your butcher and talk to the farmer to ensure you are consuming top quality produce. Organic meat is probably the highest regulated standard available but you should be aware that organic feed, such as organic soybean often makes up a large portion of animal feed. This can cause problems for animals which naturally desire 99% grass, such as cattle and sheep.

Animal produce such as milk, eggs and honey can be sourced locally. Many people pasteurise milk at home by bringing it to the boil and then cooling. People who know that their milk comes from a healthy animal can enjoy the full nutritional benefit of raw unpasteurised milk. To learn more about raw milk go to the following website:

www.realmilk.com/health/microphotography-of-raw-and-processed-milk/

Irish Vegetables

The best way to make sure you are getting top quality vegetables is to grow your own. The key to growing your own vegetables year upon year is making your own compost, a source of rich soil to fertilise anything you grow. Short of growing your own, there are a number of organic markets around the country that give a weekly box delivery service. Most of them have a websites detailing the products they have available in the different seasons.

If however the people in your community want to start a food revolution, I recommend watching the following video in which Pam Warhurst talks about "eating our landscapes".

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4KmKoj4RSZw