Wondering Wanderer

Week Notes Vol 112

June 27, 2021

Have you ever wondered where does your food come from and how? I started this book on my birthday hike and it opened my eyes to different supermarket chains such as Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods and Aldi. Have you ever wondered what the labels organic, all-natural etc truly mean? I will never look at frozen shrimp the same way I did before reading this book.

“I had watched organics and fair trade explode into billion-dollar industries. But it was hard to say the world was becoming a better place for the marginal spending. In fact, it felt like it was becoming a more insulated one. I kept thinking of the medieval practice of simony, where the wealthy could pay money to be released from their sins. The grocery store felt like it was becoming a smug secular update. The seals and certifications acting like some sort of moral shield, allowing those of us with disposable income to pay extra for our salvation, and forcing everyone else to deal with the fact that on top of being poor, they were tacitly agreeing to harm the earth, pollute their children via their lunch boxes, and exploit their fellow man each time they made a purchase.”


Written by Katrin Valdre who has a permanent address in Portland, OR but does not believe in one physical location. You should follow her on Twitter