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
4 thoughts on “Food on My Mind”
Wow. Thank you putting this together on one place!
Who’s to blame? We are. although this is true when you are colonized and don’t believe you are it is hard to know what to do. You words are good guidance. Will Allen who wrote The War on Bugs will be at the conference as we bring more light to this crisis
Thanks, Greg. Non-violent resistance to the status quo and seeking ways to work around it of which Transition is one. The biggest roadblock for us in the movement is not to confuse ‘messaging’ with organizing for action.
Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. ~ Arundhati Roy
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watch Farmer John . you will smile and cry and smile again.