Not enough of it for some. Too much of it for others. The wrong kind in both cases, i.e. too much fat, sugar and salt, the stuff of a future of disease and a foreshortened life, especially for the most vulnerable among us: our malnourished children. Who’s to blame? We are. For allowing our family farms to melt into Big Ag (read your Wendell Berry). For accepting over-stuffed military budgets, bank bailouts, and Beltway fat cats calling the shots because we want to protect our ever-shrinking common good.
Taking back our food supply, making sure that people who are hungry — children who are trying to learn on a school lunch of grease and sugary sauce — get nourished and get educated about what real food is and why it matters to their future, is #1 on my list of world-changing initiatives. If we get it right, it will also address global warming because it will interfere with the way we currently grow (monocultures, factory farming, control of seeds) , process (inhumane treatment of livestock, augmented mush squeezed into food-like shapes, see Mark Bittman’s great reporting on this) and ship (food miles, energy-hungry storage) food. What a conundrum! What sustains us, is unsustainable.
If any of this resonates with you, here’s a short list of films/sites you must take the time to view and think about. I will add more as I find them.
A Place at the Table (in current release)
Forks Over Knives
Food Babe — her review of Subway is must reading
Books by Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman (and other writers they recommend)
Wendell Berry — too many to list, but here’s a favorite: http://thesunmagazine.org/issues/391/digging_in