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Building Healthier Shopping Habits

Supermarkets are about the least healthy place to get your consumables from, whether you're applying the term "healthy" to individuals and families, our environment and ecosystems, or to local communities and small businesses. That's why more than 10 years ago I started working towards alternatives to the supermarket.

Now, in the current economic climate, we have another reason to take a close look at our supermarket shopping habits: $COST. While the cost of groceries is rising, our family's grocery costs have fallen over the last  months (at the time of writing, mid-2023)That's because we've been having a good hard look at our shopping habits.

This Guide and Templates are tools to help you do the same.

Midlife Woman ... Wise Woman

  • The Wise Woman's forgotten power: way-finder, care-taker, peace-maker
  • What we can learn from grandmother whales and grandmother trees
  • Older women: tending the web of life with wisdom, perspective and compassion

More info (This link leads to a previous version (2020), which was published as a series of posts. The current version is a free PDF, substantially updated in April 2024.)

Out-Growing Consumerism

  • What should never have been for sale; 
  • how the space inside our heads has become a commodity;
  • school, screens, and our kids; 
  • "parenting ourselves" to out-grow consumerism and all the other forms of separation and alienation that have befallen us

The True Cost of Cheap Food

This eSeries begins with the story of Pixie, the house cow who made too much milk.

It looks through the lenses of home-scale dairying vs industrial-scale dairying to explore how the drive for more and more "golden eggs" in industrial food production weakens the goose. The "goose" may be a cow or herd of cows, a field or ecosystem, or any other "production unit" you care to think of.

Next is an exploration into how industrialization of food has resulted in food becoming a commodity rather than something we share according to need, and how this cuts us off from the sources of our food and blinds us to the consequences of our buying choices. 

The Series finishes with discussion about who really pays the price of cheap, industrially-produced supermarket food. 

Be aware that this is a bit of a rambling read!