Farming didn’t change for thousands of years until the middle of the last century when we saw combustion engines decrease the time and manpower required to feed livestock and till land and fertilizers and pesticides made it possible to grow in places and seasons that were not previously possible. We also created new, efficient materials for storing food such as plastic and polystyrene that it made possible to send food places it could not previously go. This was great because it kept a lot of people from going hungry. However, these changes ended up creating a slew of environmental problems. Ironically, this period of technological advancement was called the “Green Revolution”.

Now we know that pesticides can be poisonous and that polystyrene never goes away and that combustion engines pollute the air. Thankfully, as time has gone on, we have developed methods for producing food that, while more difficult and expensive, do not harm the Earth or its inhabitants. We can catch fish without catching them all because we now know how many there are. We can grow apples without spraying them with poison, even though it is more difficult. And we can raise cattle and poultry in such a way that these animals never know the suffering of a cage or overcrowding. The vendors and suppliers we feature create food in the new way. The realEats way.