Friday, October 29, 2010
VOTING FOR FOOD FREEDOM
In 1990 my now husband and I started a fresh foods market in New Boston, NH. We sold local produce, meat, eggs and baked goods. It was always a labor of love and never a money maker and eventually we had to stop. But the years of buying and displaying and trying to sell this food and associating with the producers made me a believer. I am a food fundamentalist and I want everyone to be born again eaters. I believe that the growing, handling, preparing, and eating of locally grown food are intrinsic parts of the human experience and should be protected as such.
What is more important than the food we eat? What can we do for our families that is more important than feed them the foods that are the best for them?
Perhaps the local food movement's greatest hero is Michael Pollan. Here is the presentation he gave at the last Bioneers conference. At the end he warns us to keep an eye on our government's food legislation, particularly the farm bill. It's another thing to keep in mind before you vote next Tuesday. Do you know where your candidates stand on the food issues?