I love the term selective omnivore, guess that’s what I’ve been for a long while then . I do eat meat - I will only buy it from where I can find out how it was produced, so local farms that sell direct or farm shops that sell from other farms but have all their details to check out too, or local butchers.
I would probably guess that most supermarket meat if it isn’t clearly marked as free range or organic, etc then it probably has come from intensive farming, but not sure with all of it but the supermarkets aren’t going to have that info to give you, or want to give it to you . Local butchers are more likely to know, if you have any near you. I am lucky that we have 2 local butchers nearby and they are great to chat to about where their produce comes from - and make their own foods to sell - pies, etc.
Definitely the big food industries and supermarkets that control what is out there, but then the consumers do have to take some responsibility for buying it, buyers do have power but only if in big big numbers, and unfortunately I’m not sure this country as a whole would be committed to that. There are a loarge number of our population who can’t, or haven’t tried learning to, cook so prepared food is popular. It would take a huge campaign to change that.
MotherEarth - I too have read quite a bit around this and the 5 a day is something that our food standards organisations decided upon as they didn’t believe we would ever hit the more recommended levels of a lot higher. I’m sure I read somewhere that it should really be something like 9 or 10 a day but they felt that was too much to ask, or maybe the food industries made them believe that for their own gain (me, cynical?)
Look forward to seeing what HFW can do though, bring it on for the vegetables.
Michael Pollan’s books a worth a read on this kind of subject, although American it has some parallels with what’s going on here now.