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Free Range Make Out Session

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f you follow me on twitter, this won't be breaking news, but JD and I have gone organic. Not like Birkenstock wearing, tie-dye shirting, VW bus driving, organic...just we-need-to-make-change organic. After talking to close friends about food and the importance it plays in our health, we started making wiser decisions about how we ate. It wasn't, however, until we watched Food, Inc that it flipped our worlds upside down.

If you haven't seen this movie, you should. It's crazy good. I can honestly say it's made us think twice about what we're eating and the dubious role large corporations play in the quality of food in America. Just last night JD asked our waitress if they used free range chickens. And oh my god I ALMOST MADE OUT WITH HIM RIGHT THERE! If he would've asked about organic tomatoes, I might have just bore him a child. Right there.

We're now shopping at our local farms and farmer's markets for our produce and JD has made the decision to eat only organic, grass-fed beef and free-range chicken. I'm still a vegetarian, so I refrain from eating anything with eyeballs, but I'm happy to know we're both taking a stand for future generations and calling for higher standards for food quality.

Here's a sample of produce from a local farmer and it makes me happy just looking at it...


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lucy - If you liked food inc, then you will also like Walmart: the high price of low cost. I cant believe how rich the Waltons are and how little they give back :(  12.22.09 - 9:02pm
Brandon - Glad to hear you're being proactive about your health. It really is like The Matrix when we think about how much people don't know, and don't really want to know. My wife and I LOVED that movie as well. Unfortunately, we're getting ready to move to Ukraine and work as missionaries for five years and organic hasn't caught on there yet. In fact, it's my observation that companies seem to just ship their unregulated garbage over there after they are found out here! Anyway, awesome job, guys.  12.20.09 - 10:38am
Jody - Good for you guys! Not sure where exactly you live down here, but we just started getting CSA from Tanaka Farms and it has been amazing!! We get it delivered to my son's preschool but I think you can pick it up from the farm stand, too...  12.19.09 - 7:14pm
jessica - Check out Jillian Michael's book. I think you'd like it.  12.19.09 - 4:51pm
JACKIE WONDERS - HHHAHAHHHHAAAAA! Oh my gosh, Jasmine, i LOL'ed over here about you making out with JD! hysterical.   12.16.09 - 7:23pm
Camille Macres - oh, I am so very happy to hear this wonderful news! I also just saw Food, Inc., and even though I already knew this stuff, seeing the visual images put me over the top. I had to go to Albertson's last week (the day after I saw this), and nearly had a heart attack on every isle. God bless the farmers market...my favorite place on earth. Good for you guys!!  12.15.09 - 10:39am
Terri - Welcome to the world of healthy eating! We run an organic farm here in PA (and I use the word 'we' loosely). My husband runs the farm and I take pictures!  12.14.09 - 7:21pm
Clayton Austin - Lindsay: You do realize you just followed the statement " I have no desire to argue with someone.." with an additional 214 words. Just saying is all... P.S. I heart you J*  12.14.09 - 5:55pm
amy b - awesome. That is exactly what has happened in our household. Yes it's more expensive but I would rather eat less to eat better. It's also fun to play peanut gallery at the grocery store when someone grabs the $.99 eggs. ooooh...sure you want to do that? HA! Thanks for helping plant the seed of going organic. I am behind on my blogging but as soon as I get settled into my new more sustainable community of fallbrook you bet your arse you are going to be seeing some similar posts over on my blog. My new kitchen rocks! well harder than the one I have now anyway. just in case you wanted the play by play.  12.14.09 - 5:24pm
Life with Kaishon - I don't really have anything to say but how could I NOT comment when I will be post 100 : ) That is just too exciting!  12.14.09 - 4:19pm
amanda thiessen - you SHOULD look into hydroponics! my brother just built his own and eventually my husband and i would love to do the same - it is awesome!  12.14.09 - 2:53pm
Lindsay - Clayton (and anyone else that cares to read my opinion): I have no desire to argue with someone that already knows their opinion. My point is that most people, if asked, can't exactly say WHY they think organic is better. And if they do know why they think its better, their reasons are faulty ... based on proganda and misinformation. Clayton, I'm sure you've thoroughly researched every claim in Food, Inc and know, for youself, that its fact, right? And you're not just talking someone's proganda (a journalist for one that has no "expertise" in this area) as fact. And truth, taken out of context, is misrepresented truth. I can say that I am a woman and be telling the truth, but I haven't also told you that I'm a mother and a Christian and have a full time job and a host of other information. That's truth taken out of context. Organic is great as a niche market for people that can afford it. But given the choice, most Americans would rather be able to eat (ie, have food they can afford) than not eat at all. Switching to entirely organic production would put us in the second category. And all for naught. Because, in case no one has noticed, we have the safest and most plentiful food supply in the world. Why do we want to jeopardize that?  12.14.09 - 10:17am
DeAnna - Yay for healthy organic foods! We subscribe to Farm Fresh To You, it's a local farming community who grows organic foods and they box up what is in season and deliver it right to our door. We love it!   12.14.09 - 10:05am
imthiaz houseman - that's so wonderful to hear. food inc. is such an eye opener...  12.14.09 - 9:42am
Marisa Schibilla - As if I didn't love you enough already.... So excited that someone influential like yourself is talking about this. Now, we ARE the "Birkenstock wearing, tie-dye shirting, VW bus driving, organic" people, or strive to be and we are just thrilled you are making these fab choices. Thanks for being awesome!!   12.14.09 - 9:25am
Kelly Rankin - Dear Jasmine, I'm a photographer who has followed you for the last two+ years...I'm also a farmer's daughter and wife. I understand and support anyone's want to go organic. I grew up with homegrown vegetables, and my husband and I also have our own vegetable garden to feed our growing family. Organic is a choice for anyone, but I do also want to state that commercial food companies, both vegetable and meat, are necessary in this growing world. Most individuals and companies who only support the 100%-organic-bandwagon to do not think about the other side of the coin: commercial food operations HAVE to exist in order to feed America and to contribute to the global food and health requirements. GMO grains provide extra calcium for improverished children in Africa....GMO corn is created to be drought-resistant for drought-stricken countries like Ethiopia...cattle, chicken, and swine are given antiobiotics so that quality meat can be provided to children and adults on a mass scale. And, yes, there are some companies who have given farmers, processors, and retailers a bad name in their treatment of livestock and their marketing of bad products, but there are also many out there who understand that it is going to take science and commercial production of food to feed our global neighborhood.   12.14.09 - 9:19am
Jo LeFlufy - Thanks Jasmine! I don't know if this blog is a result of the email I sent to you about my blog about Food, Inc., but I am ever so grateful that you blogged about it too. The more people we reach, the healthier we will all be and the less those poor factory farm animals will suffer. Thanks.  12.14.09 - 8:27am
Julie Massie - Good for you guys! I haven't yet seen the movie, but I went mostly organic (about 80%) a couple of years ago and I can't tell you how much better I felt after doing so. High fives all around!  12.14.09 - 8:08am
Danny Kash - Free Range Chicken... Its Finger Lickin Good! :-)  12.14.09 - 8:03am
Chantel - You won't ever regret it! Five years ago I woke up to all the 'food truths' in America and it's been wild (and wonderful) ride ever since. Happy shopping!   12.14.09 - 7:57am
LibbyJames - omg, i went organic after seeing that movie also. best move I have ever made!  12.14.09 - 7:38am
Alexandra - Good for you and JD :)   12.14.09 - 6:22am
Svetlana Yanova - I grew up with my parents growing our own veggies, I loved them and miss them so much now. I think I might start growing veggies again when I have my own house with a yard. :)   12.13.09 - 8:34pm
Brandi Welch - I' haven't done any research but I can say...homegrown ALWAYS taste better ;) there's just something about it, ya know?! I loved plucking the cherry tomatoes off my Grandma's plants, "wiping" them off on my shirt, and eating them right there on the spot! Can't get that taste in your local Target ;) haha  12.13.09 - 4:44pm
mike Larson - We LOVE Organic too and have started our own organic garden that grows more each year! So far, we now have 9 wine barrels of food, year round producing from Yacon, to Tomatoes, Spinach, Basil, and my personal Fav, Strawberries, which we have eaten 90% of our total strawberries for the year from our own garden! So great. Keep it up and inspire more people to be organic!  12.13.09 - 3:57pm
RAVYN - This post makes me happy. As a fellow vegetarian with an omnivore for a husband, I know it's so nice to be able to find a line of balance between the two. Food Inc. was a great movie. I saw a Monsanto commercial last night and wanted to throw my shoe at the TV.   12.13.09 - 10:54am
Michelle sidles - Most FANTASTIC movie I've seen in the LONGEST time!! We've made changes too. :) Funny... knowledge really is power. ;) Cool post!  12.13.09 - 10:42am
Rory Mole - Hi there Jasmine, Good decision you both have made to go the organic route. That is just the start. Now... you should consider the whole sugar addiction. Not sure if you know how bad it all is. Concentrated, refined sugar is responsible for so much damage to the body. Try Xylitol as a very healthy substitute. Do a google search on the stuff and you'll see how fantastic it is. Also another thing that people don't even think about is their emotional life. If we are constantly operating in negative emotions most of the time, we will be poisoning our system and health, immunity, etc, goes downhill fast. You'll probably know that the bible actually says, "I desire above all else that you may prosper and be in health, just as your soul prospers". Your body just can't prosper if your soul is not at peace and rest. There is so much more in the realm of health that to change everything would be quite a thing, so just do it slowly and transition to a much more healthy life.....  12.12.09 - 10:33pm
Kristen Papac - I came out of Food Inc. shaking and having shed a few tears...makes you think, doesn't it? Good job, you two, and also for spreading the news to your wide audience!  12.12.09 - 9:26pm
cassandra m - I grew up on a farm with all the fresh vegetables & produce & fruits I could eat. As a kid, I don't think I appreciated as much as I should have. (sad smiley for me.) And I sure do miss it now.   12.12.09 - 3:26pm
Matthew - Ever think about hydroponics? You can grow organically yourself, fast, and very very green.   12.12.09 - 12:31pm
evie - I think it's great:) I started to grow my own veggies 2 yrs ago and I love the difference. Organic is the way to go girl!  12.12.09 - 11:25am
Kira Lauren Photo - oh. my. god. Jasmine, you had me LMAO! You go girl!  12.12.09 - 9:56am
Lola - Also by supporting local farmers you are adding your share on preserving organic. Which ultimately adds up a lot in the revenue of simple people who care LOTS about us! Also do not forget about the genetically modified/altered food. Getting embedded in our DNA, they alter our existence and create bigger problems. Well, the rest is for medical industry which have its own niche in this whole altered food matter.   12.12.09 - 9:04am
alessandra - read this book; it will change everything! Not on the Label by Felicity Lawrence you guys in the states use so many hormones in food that are forbidden here in europe, not to mention all this GMO food you're happyliy eating not even knowing what GMO is.... good luck in being aware!  12.12.09 - 6:44am
Esther - Jasmine, my hubby and I just recently watched that movie, too. It's amazingly good, I agree. Needless to say, I feel very good about the decision to feed my twins organic milk only and make better choices for them and us. In Europe, where I am from, cows do not eat grains, just grass, like they are supposed to. I hate all those antibiotics and hormones that the animals get here- yuk. I strongly believe that there is a connection between childhood (and adult) obesity and the way food is prepared here. And let's not even talk about high fructose corn syrup!!!!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!!  12.12.09 - 4:44am
Sarah - WOW!! I just watched this last night, and boy did it open my eyes!! The way they treat those animals like products instead of living creatures really got to me. It also is making me think twice about what's going in my body!! I've vowed to make a concious effort to eat organic!! Good for the two of you!! By the way, this is my first comment on your blog. I totally heart you!! I've been reading your old blog, and I must say, you are such an inspiration!! I hope one day to be able to take one of your workshops!! Until then....  12.11.09 - 10:18pm
Sara Mac - YAY!!!!!  12.11.09 - 10:08pm
Addy - I commend you for your views, but make sure to read EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH STUDIES, done by leading institutions. The most recent research study stated that there is NO significant difference between ORGANIC PRODUCE and REGULAR PRODUCE. Research has shown that the health benefits are the SAME. One is not better than the other. EXCEPT for the prices....organics is obviously more expensive. For so long everyone thought organics was so much better for you, but the most recent research has shown that the benefits are the same...There is NO significant difference. Just read the research.....  12.11.09 - 9:41pm
alex.kruk - I grow these in my garden :)  12.11.09 - 9:20pm
Rhiona - If you liked the movie you MUST read "A Harvest for Hope" by Jane Goodall. Food Inc is a quick fly by, this book goes much deeper. It's an easy read, I'm sure you'd love it. I bought mine on amazon for $4!! Also all Trader Joe's stuff is non gmo. And as someone else stated check out the CSA- from farmer to you, doesn't get much better :)  12.11.09 - 8:38pm
Dorie - I read a recent article that highlighted the 7 things that food experts won't eat. Was surprised to learn that canned tomatoes were on that list along with corn fed beef, non-organic potatoes, microwave popcorn, farmed salmon, milk with hormones and conventionally grown apples. It was interesting to say the least. Won't post the link but good "7 foods experts won't eat" and it will pop right up. It is scary what has happened to our food sources in this country.  12.11.09 - 7:55pm
Julie - Check out in the Defense of Food. It will talk about everything and how to really look at what we are eating too!   12.11.09 - 7:33pm
Lauren Gabrielle - I've recently turned vegan (2 weeks ago) after reading the book "The China Study," and I come from a family that basically thinks not eating meat is a sin! If you haven't read it, you should really check it out!! I've never heard of the movie Food, Inc., but now I'm dying to see it! Thanks for sharing!! :)  12.11.09 - 7:11pm
andrew - I am a farmer that raises cattle. They are on range 60% of the time but it wouldn't be in the animals best interest here in canada all year because of our climate. Eating as much un-processed food as possible is of course best, however, if the whole population turned to organic food a huge portion of the population would starve as it would not be physically possible to grow enough food to support everyone. That is definitely something to think about as it isn't about the money but it is about growing ENOUGH food. It would actually be selfish if every farmer decided to grow only organic.   12.11.09 - 6:21pm
Tacey - K..I nearly spit out my wine as I read the first few lines of your post! Then the 'eyeballs'??? Well, I nearly died. I too am a vegetarian (for about a year and a half-after reading a chapter in Quantum Wellness-soo good) anyhoo...I too watched Food Inc, more for my hubby's sake...EVERYONE should watch this movie...It will change the way you look at your food...Cheers J for posting about this! Mwah! Love ya!  12.11.09 - 6:13pm
Emily Heizer Photography - I'd love to go organic. Whewhoo for that. However, what I find both extremely irritaiting, and funny is the fact that this "movie" is just straight up prooganda and advertising. Hmmph. Yeah.  12.11.09 - 5:49pm
Ashley Bartoletti - Yum! I love farm fresh tomatoes a  12.11.09 - 5:24pm
Amber Fox - Congrats on not eating pesticides anymore! Woo hoo! I would also recommend getting a CSA box delivered right to your door step. For a pretty reasonable price, you can get a bunch of organic produce and recipes delivered every week. And you should also read Michael Pollan's, Omnivore's Dilemma to get a really good idea of how American farming works. From one organic girl to another, congrats!  12.11.09 - 5:03pm
elei - I think this is a healthy change...BUT, do your homework. Remember, and you know marketing. You are basing your decisions on a very big commercial. Know the diff. between organic and USDA organic. Home/Locally grown does not mean safe...sometimes worse because many arenĀ»t regulated. Lots of foods are better off organic, but some should not be because the species attracted to them are more harmful to you than the chemicals used to treat them. Know which ones to rinse and which are fine without. Marketing Marketing Marketing. Make your decision based on your homework and knowledge...not on marketing.  12.11.09 - 4:24pm
Linda Sherrill - Awesome! We also started eating Bison meat since all Bison sold in the US has to be grass fed, no hormones or anti-biotics...plus, it tastes so good!   12.11.09 - 4:16pm
Jenne Yun - Food, Inc. is an amazing movie. I've recommended it to all of my colleagues and my patients. And the great thing is, it's not about making drastic changes... you can affect what role you play in the food industry one SKU at a time. What the consumer demands speaks volumes. It's awesome!   12.11.09 - 3:57pm
Evonne & Darren Photography - Organic is the way to go! So proud of you and JD! :)  12.11.09 - 3:02pm
Trude - Farmers markets are the best! The one in Fullerton is huge and they have the most delicious veggies. Love that it's during after-work hours so I can actually go without getting up at the crack of dawn! :) Can't wait for my parents to finally turn half the backyard grass into planting beds so I can have their veggies instead!  12.11.09 - 3:01pm
Ginger Murray - (I haven't made final decisions yet, but I just think it's crazy on the timing of this post-- even though you've been a veggie for awhile.)  12.11.09 - 2:49pm
Ginger Murray - Why are you in my head, lately? The past 7 days, I have been looking into vegetarianism, and ethical farming. I support you in your endeavors:)  12.11.09 - 2:48pm
inna - hi. please keep in mind that free range only means that chickens have ACCESS to the outdoors, and what it really means is that the door to their storage facility might be left slightly open for a couple of minutes. it doesn't necessary mean that they are free to roam about the property. it's better to look for the organic label on chicken instead of free range.   12.11.09 - 2:45pm
Sarah - Haven't yet gone completely organic, but we have put in a mega-vege patch - currently have in corn, cucumber, potatoes, snow-peas, rhubarb, celery, onion, leek, strawberries, lots of herbs, tomatoes, and a few other things. Its amazing how different they taste - so much flavour  12.11.09 - 2:33pm
Steven Hodgson - I see some mildew. Just sayin'. ;-)  12.11.09 - 1:37pm
Emily Abril - I think I love you even more!!! haha, I saw Oprah once and saw the life difference between free range chickens and caged ones, pretty sad. GO JD!  12.11.09 - 1:29pm
Otto Rascon - I just saw Food inc last week and it almost made me HULK OUT. That is an amazing film that everyone in the country should watch. But all change must come from me first and then I can pass that change along. Here is to eating better and being more aware. Thanks!  12.11.09 - 12:44pm
kelli Taylor - Yay!  12.11.09 - 12:34pm
Mara - YAH! I have been trying to tell people about this movie for months. It has changed our diets and way thinking and I am so glad that you loved it too! Thanks for posting about it! I did too: http://web.me.com/josh.wolff/Adoring_Audrey/Blog/Entries/2009/10/25_Food_Inc._coming_to_DVD.html  12.11.09 - 12:32pm
Andrea - Good for you! I'm all for organic fruits and veggies [we'll slowly get there with other foods...] . Funny story. Don't know if this will scare you or not :) But my hubby and I were having problems getting pregnant and at the advice of a naturalist we said good bye to all processed foods and hello to healthy organic fruits and veggies. What do you know? I find out I'm pregnant a month and a half later! :) That food jams in the nutrients others sadly do not.   12.11.09 - 12:32pm
Liz - I have followed this blog for a while now and never commented. However this post is amazing to me. Thank you for posting it. I live on a farm and know first hand how difficult it is to produce organic food. It is so much more work than non-organic. It's good to see people care about what goes in thier bodies. Good luck on your organic adventure. You will be healthier than you ever have been.  12.11.09 - 12:03pm
brandon m sweet - about fricken time.  12.11.09 - 11:19am
Stephanie Stewart - Wow, I need to watch that movie then! I too watched Super Size Me and it was quite a while before I ate fast food again...but alas, have fallen off that bandwagon. So Food, Inc. will change my mind?? I must watch it...this weekend! Thank you!! p.s. love your story about being at that restaurant with JD, I cracked up!  12.11.09 - 11:12am
Amy - I couldn't agree with you more. I too saw Food Inc. and afterward my boyfriend and I started seeking out grocers with cage free chicken and grass fed beef. It is an excellent movie.  12.11.09 - 11:10am
Clayton Austin - Oh and on a side note. To Lindsay: Since you obviously watched the film you understand that the entire reason E. Coli is in the manure to begin with is because they are feeding corn to cattle in order to mass produce beef. And question: How can truth be taken out of context? Take away the genious editing, emotional score, and hollywood glam, and you will still have the truth because it afterall, in the end it speaks for itself. When you geneticaly alter a chicken to produce twice the breast meat in a third of the time that mother nature inteded, I'm not sure what other "context" there is. Just my organic two cents.  12.11.09 - 11:02am
Clayton Austin - LOL, this is crazy because I just went organic as well because of that exact same reason. Food Inc. rocked my garden!  12.11.09 - 10:53am
Stephen Knuth - Good for you two!! I went organic after watching the movie "Super Size Me". I haven't eaten fast food in 4 years (besides california burritos and In-N-Out Burger lol). Organic is so the way to go! Where I live, there is a healthy foods store 1 block from my house and everything may be a little more expensive than albertsons or vons... its WAY better for you and makes you live longer (so I believe!). I'm excited to hear how it all goes!!  12.11.09 - 10:52am
drew - My wife and I are really into the local farmers market. The food tastes that much better too! Congrats on the new life style change!  12.11.09 - 10:47am
Kristin Hartness - Yay! I made the decision to go organic several months ago after reading a book by Jillian Michaels and I can tell such a difference in the way I feel! I need to check out that movie!  12.11.09 - 10:34am
Diandra - Wow... I am the tie-dying, Birkenstock wearing, Wishing I drove a VW kind of girl... but I've never really thought about this. And seriously, try some Birkenstocks... they make cute ones now and they are soooo comfy!  12.11.09 - 10:22am
Emily - I totally just watched that movie the other day and I gave up high fructose corn syrup. I shoudl probably consider going organic too, but I'm starting with no more processed junk food. Baby steps :-)   12.11.09 - 10:12am
kate callahan - Your body is going to thank you! I switched to raw dairy; organic produce; and meats from small, local farmers a few years ago and it's amazing how much better the food tastes ... and how much better my body feels. Now if I eat out and it's not organic, I end up sick. Immediately. Which says a lot. It's especially good for a vegetarian to switch over to organic soy and tofu because so much of the commercially grown soy is grown from genetically modified seeds and covered in RoundUp. Sigh. I wish you guys the best with your new organic lifestyle ... I know you're going to love how yummy everything is : )  12.11.09 - 10:02am
B - Jas, you're SO gross. I'm getting visuals of you making out in a restaurant. I think I just threw up in my mouth! PDA is banned in front of me ;) FOREVER!  12.11.09 - 10:00am
Jessica C - Jasmine, it really IS amazing, the way Americans "process" foods that are supposed to be natural. I live in Germany now and have a hard time buying produce when I go back to the states. If you buy a tomato here and keep it in your fridge for two or three days, it might still be good. A tomato bought in the states can last in your fridge for two or three weeks! Just one example... You could always move to Europe!  12.11.09 - 9:52am
Brooke - J star you CRACK ME UP! Way to go organic!!   12.11.09 - 9:43am
Curtis Moore - Awesome! The movie is crazy! Great work you two:):)  12.11.09 - 9:40am
Patricia - Woohoo!!! Not only are you supporting your local farmer (and they need the help!) but you'll never want to go back. Honestly- after being 100% organic for over a year now I can taste a distinct difference in the food (we still eat non organic when offered to us by someone who brought us in their home. Good job!   12.11.09 - 9:33am
Patricia - Woohoo!!! Not only are you supporting your local farmer (and they need the help!) but you'll never want to go back. Honestly- after being 100% organic for over a year now I can taste a distinct difference in the food (we still eat non organic when offered to us by someone who brought us in their home. Good job!   12.11.09 - 9:30am
Sarah - i am halfway through food inc. right now and i am so disgusted! i am already a vegetarian but the whole movie is very eye opening and scary!  12.11.09 - 9:28am
Christine - This is so great!! My bf and I buy most of our food from the organic section and only by local, free range, organic meet, eggs and dairy. :)  12.11.09 - 9:28am
Raquel Cohen - That movie was a killer and really opened out eyes! We love our local and organic foods, and this just confirmed it with us! Congrats to you and JD, you will notice such a difference!! Enjoy!  12.11.09 - 9:18am
Courtney - That is awesome! Spreading the word and education is key! So many people are still so blind and think Organic is a marketing ploy. Its sad. Speak out people! Thanks for sharing it J*.  12.11.09 - 9:17am
Betsy, La Vida - LOVE it, you guys! Big tree hugs from your fellow hippies in San Diego :-) Read the story behind movie awhile ago in VF, but I still need to see the movie.   12.11.09 - 9:16am
Kristen Johnson - Ugh.. Food Inc. was such a sad eye-opener, but unfortunately, I think deep down inside we all really know how the food industry works, but until you see it visually, it's easy to pretend it's not as bad as it really is.   12.11.09 - 9:15am
Becky - I think that's great Jasmine! I've made a similar change in my life too...going all vegetarian. For a long time I did the whole free-range chicken, grass-fed organic beef thing, until I realized those animals were often killed in inhumane, horrible ways at large slaughterhouses. I would encourage JD to look into meat that is processed on the farm or in a small processing plant, it really helps ensure the animal dies in a humane way. Learning about all of this was enough for me to change the way I think about where I get my food, how it is grown, who grows it etc. etc. I'm thankful that you're willing to blog about this. You have a large platform to get the word out about this stuff , good job!  12.11.09 - 9:15am
lucy - Yay! thats awesome. I am also so glad you are sharing it with us. I also like to blog and twitter when i'm making good food choices. I actually blogged pictures of my food when I detoxing this year, I went all Raw organic for a whole week. that means no sugar, salt,preservatives, food coloring, just raw vegan~take a look at the photos http://tinyurl.com/yb2zt4y  12.11.09 - 9:15am
s h e r r y - Never seen the movie, but now I have to check it out...  12.11.09 - 9:13am
anda - whoop whoop!! go jasmine and jd!! we're all small farm/local eating/organic/near-hippy types here in madison. have you read michael pollan's books too, then? if you liked food, inc ... well you know what they say -- then you'll LOVE michael pollan. haha. love this post. important stuff.  12.11.09 - 9:11am
Jessie - In general, I think we all need to become more knowledgable about our food/sources. I'm from the midwest, and even though we're not a farming family, our state has that rich tradition and it makes me sad to know how detached we all are from "the land". I think any decision on the spectrum of "becoming more aware" is great. Having said that, the "organic" industry is like any other and filled with plenty of bad apples to make it harder for the good ones. For example, I think I read somewhere that there are varying regulations about what "free range" really means - and that in practice, a chicken could really just have a few inches more than they would in a traditional operation and be considered "free range"...as consumers, we need to demand transparency and quality of organic producers the same as we would for other types of quality goods/services. Kudos to all who are being more responsible about their own consumption - we do need to make these changes.  12.11.09 - 9:06am
Laura Vein - Isn't that movie crazy? It's changed my world too..... p.s. I'm not sure that I've ever commented on your posts before, but I really enjoy reading your blog :)   12.11.09 - 9:00am
Katie Whitcomb - Go J*!!! We use to get made fun because I'd go to the Farmer's Market in town to purchase veggies to process for my son when he wasn't quite eating solids... It's the best thing you could ever do for your body... That movie just makes me sick, Sick, SICK!  12.11.09 - 8:57am
DeAnna - LOVE that you're doing this. That movie was a wake up call that this country needs on so many levels, unfortunately it's not reaching as many people as it needs to. Thanks for putting the word out! The movie has a facebook group you can join. :)  12.11.09 - 8:53am
Lindsay - J* ... I've followed your blog for a long time because I love love love your photography, but I don't understand this decision. I would challenge you and JD to think through WHY you think organic is healthier? Organic farmers aren't using some chemicals on it (some chemicals they can use and still call themselves organic ... did you know that?), but they ARE using manure which carries e.coli. Is that a huge difference for you? Better? Why is locally grown better? The carbon footprint of a locally grown tomato is actually LARGER than a mass produced tomato according to studies. Think about it ... a semi carrying how many hundreds of pounds of tomatoes for one tank of gas versus a local truck carrying a few tomatoes for a little smaller tank of gas? And the thing about Food Inc ... it has just enough truths to make it truthful and just enough "out of context" to make it dangerous. Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, contributor to Food Inc) is a journalist, not a scientist. He knows how to write, how to frame a story, how to sell emotion, how to become a celebrity and make money. That's it. I live in rural Illinois. I know how farmers live, act, do business, sell their product, etc, etc, etc. Food production is not a conspiracy, I promise. Would you, JD, and Polo be interested in visiting an Illinois farm to see first hand? Taking photos? Blogging about it? This is a serious offer. You've got my email ...   12.11.09 - 8:52am
whitney elizabeth - yay! so glad to read this!! good for ya'll!!!! you should check out these books: "animal, vegetable, miracle," by barbara kingsolver and "in defense of food," and "the omnivore's dilemma" by michael pollan :)  12.11.09 - 8:50am
ohana photographers - must check that out :)  12.11.09 - 8:50am
Leyla - Thanks for the reminder! I've been meaning to watch that movie for awhile now. So will definitely watch it now... Kudos to you guys for going Green/Organic... It is time for change, and I'm so happy more & more people are waking up and becoming aware of what we eat & where it comes from! Good job!  12.11.09 - 8:49am
Laura Christin - Yay! I'm so glad for you both to be making such a positive change in your lives. It's fun to support local business, too! My boyfriend does Farmers Markets here in SD. Make sure to ask for fruit for juicing or tomatoes for sauce. The farmers down here will give me the bruised and battered of the lot which is perfect for juice & sauce.. and it's CHEAP!  12.11.09 - 8:46am
{amanda} - It is so amazing how that one movie has been so eye opening. It really is a revolution. I just watched it two weeks ago. My whole perception of food has changed. I look at ingredients, I read more labels, I spend hours at the grocery store. Here in western Maine we are pretty limmited, but I have found this amazing place 45 minutes away (and oh yes, I am willing to dive that far) that is completely organic. I am making my way to vegan for 2010. I am so glad so many others are seeing this movie.   12.11.09 - 8:38am
jeramy - congrats on going organic....the one down side (that i'm willing to deal with) is that things like bread and veggies seem to go bad quicker. just a note. enjoy!  12.11.09 - 8:37am
jacqueline fronters - Can I note your grout is quite clean? Had to say it.  12.11.09 - 8:36am
Dina - Loved the movie and we have been making small changes a little at a time and before long it makes a big difference!  12.11.09 - 8:33am
Elena - Wise choice--less chemicals and sickenss in your body. Also, local produce always tastes better, since it has a chance to ripen, and it comes out to be much cheaper. You should