Part 5: Video Food Experiment

Local vs. non-local?  Organic vs. non-organic?  Which costs more?  Does one taste better?

The premise behind the video:


Throughout the research for my enterprise story, I talked with several Slow Foodies and I talked with several college students about eating. The members of Slow Food, all of whom were far out of college, said eating “good, clean and fair” food is not difficult or expensive. Students didn’t always agree and they felt that eating locally grown and organic food was more expensive than buying conventional.
I’ve shopped at many small, local grocery stores like The Kiva in downtown Eugene and Sundance in the Amazon neighborhood. The prices for the local and organic products did seem higher at these stores than Safeway, for example, but I couldn’t say just how much higher they were.
So I decided to do a test to find out the difference in price between buying local ingredients and non-local ingredients. Slow Foodies emphasize the importance of buying local food over choosing organic ingredients, so I made a point to choose foods that were grown in our region.
I bought all the local food at The Kiva and I bought the same ingredients but non-local, from Safeway. I made two meals out of the same set of ingredients, one from The Kiva and one from Safeway. I wanted to test to see if there was a difference in price and if there was a difference in taste. Check out my video to see what my findings were:

Sidebar:

Video Experiment Recipes

Broccoli and Carrot Blended Soup

Boil 2 carrots, chopped, and one head of broccoli for 20 minutes to soften

Drain carrots and broccoli and put in food processor

Add 1 cup chicken broth and blend

Add 1 tsp. Salt and 1 tsp. Paprika

Roasted Squash

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cut squash into 1 inch pieces

Place in large bowl and toss with olive oil, salt and thyme

Place squash on baking sheet and roast for 20-30 minutes, or until soft

Applesauce

Cut apples into small pieces

Sauce apples in a pan over medium heat

Add ½ tsp cinnamon and ½ tsp nutmeg

Add 1 tbs brown sugar

When apple pieces are soft, put into blender

Blend until smooth

Chicken

Cut chicken into 1-1 ½ inch pieces

Marinate in 3 tbs chicken broth, thyme, zest of one lemon and 1 tsp salt for several hours

Heat 2 tbs olive oil in pan

Saute chicken for 7-10 minutes, or until cooked thoroughly

Baked Pears

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Cut pears in half and remove seeds

Sprinkle with cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar

Place pears on baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes, or until soft

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1 Response to Part 5: Video Food Experiment

  1. hi there Leah! hope Winter term is going well for you. I enjoyed your Slow Food series and sent the links around to my family. Re relative cost of local vs non-local:
    http://www.leopold.iastate.edu/news/newsreleases/2009/121409_prices.html
    Enjoy!

    ARB

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