Are you making any New Year’s Resolutions for 2013? I usually don’t make any formal resolutions but I do find it is a good time of year to look at changes in areas like food and eating or organization. But there are a proportionately large number of people who make resolutions and set goals and never fulfill them. Why is that?
The holidays are a time that many people use for reading and planning what they’re going to read in the new year. So I thought I would share some of the books with you that are favorites on my bookshelf and some recommended by guests on our Food Leaders Webinar Series.
Industrial agriculture and modern culture have drastically changed the way that we deal with food. A combination of factors related to our broken food system are yielding a serious crisis that will effect everyone on earth. While there is much power in the entrenched interests that support the food system, the fundamental power is with you, the consumer. Learn what these problems are and how you are the key to solving them.
USDA is distributing millions in aid to new farmers and ranchers, designed to entice a young workforce to enter the farming occupation, specifically to establish themselves within the developing sustainable niche. This aid is not the support young farmers should desire, nor is it the redemption the USDA craves. The solution is the farmer and his field, free from the tyranny of government regulation and unadulterated by government handouts.
We’d like to congratulate Joel Salatin, his family, and the team at Polyface Farm for making it to today: 30 years of full time farming by Joel at Polyface! Here’s a short note from Joel about the surprise the Polyface crew gave him and reflecting on what 30 years means.
Many people, especially in the organic movement, often refer to land as having ‘life’. Obviously much of this comes from earth worship and the idea of ‘Mother Earth’. Others, coming from an industrial mindset, tend to view land as a growing medium used to hold plants in place while they feed on chemical fertilizers. As […]
Intentionally focusing on eating local is all about understanding the source of our food in an effort to make choices that are more healthy for our bodies, the land, and our local economy.
Why farm? Why choose a profession and lifestyle that runs against a cultural tide of sharply dressed, well groomed talking heads, who preach the advantages offered by fancier, cleaner, and more lucrative careers? American culture may claim to romanticize agrarian life, but the romance is less than legitimate. The answer lies with the changing ideas of American food philosophy, what I would call a purpose-driven understanding of the role of food and American food suppliers in culture.
We think food is someone else’s responsibiliity until we are ready to eat it. So said Joel Salatin in Folks, This Ain’t Normal. In Fast Food Nation, Eric Schlosser said that Americans know less about food than we do about celebrities and cars, but we spend more on fast food than on entertainment, education, media, literature, and personal technology combined.
We’re very excited about the upcoming Reformation of Food and the Family Conference in San Antonio, Texas July 12-14. True Food Solutions will have a booth there and we look forward to engaging many likeminded reformers in discussions about the challenges and solutions we’re finding as we work to transition away from the modern industrial food economy to a more natural and sustainable food system.