Eggs have been in the news a lot lately and not for a good reason: the recent salmonella scare has made people wary of egg consumption – people are checking their cartons at home and perhaps avoiding eggs all together. Even I am a bit scared. I dined at my favorite local breakfast spot on Sunday and I asked my poor waitress at least 6 questions about the eggs I wanted to order.
Eggs are a great way to get essential vitamins and minerals in our diets and while it’s horrible that people are becoming sick from certain recalled eggs, the positive aspect is that many are now realizing that there may be a connection to the treatment of animals in our food supply and illness. Author Michael Pollan says in his new book “Food Rules” that we should only eat animals that have themselves been fed and treated well. Next time you buy or consume food deriving from animals, ask yourself where your food came from and try to imagine the life it led before finding its way to your plate. It’s an interesting perspective that many of us choose not to focus on. Isn’t it about time to start focusing?