Part of the reason why we have our own chickens is for good, fresh eggs. We have a dairy goat so we can milk her in the spring after she has her babies (hopefully more than one...I'd like two more does). We'll use that milk to drink, make cheese, yogurt, and soap. I'm not sure we'll have enough with one goat for all those endeavors. I hope some day we can have two to milk....even more! We have a large garden to help reduce what produce (in the summer, anyway) we have to buy from the store. I try to cook from scratch as much as I can. Some days are better than others. We drink a lot of water from our reverse osmosis system (living on farm land, you never know what's in the water). We don't eat out much. It's not only a wasteful practice for our family, it's not very healthy. I think our family has come a long way from where it was a few years ago; prior to chickens, goats and large gardens.
However we have so far to go. We are thinking on expanding our chicken flock to have more to butcher, and also to build a chicken tractor so they can eat more bugs and grass and less feed (which is mostly corn). We are seeking out a grass fed beef farm to buy half or quarter of a cow. We hope to have our own hog to raise some day. (After the littlest ones are old enough to understand that his name will be something more along the lines of "Pork Chop" or "Bacon" instead of "Wilbur" or "Babe" and when they can grip the fact that he won't be a permanent guest.) We hope to purchase more local items from farmers markets. Not just any farmer, but ones who don't use pesticides. I know it will cost a bit more than going to W*lmart and buying a tomato ripened with ethylene gas, but our family's health is worth it. (Yes, I buy those so-called "vine ripened" ones in the winter...blech!) We plan to buy local honey. I hear it helps a lot with allergies. Again, more expensive, but if it helps with the many allergies we have issues with in the spring and fall and our family can be less dependent on medicine, then it's worth it to!
In what ways are you living a more healthy lifestyle? One of the quotes that I love best at the end of the film is when they are interviewing a farmer and he says "If you want to buy $2 milk, you're gonna get a feedlot in the backyard. It's that simple. People have got to start demanding good, wholesome food of us. And we'll deliver. I promise you."
How will you start demanding more wholesome food? It's a question I'm asking myself.