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Friday, August 22, 2008

A Modest Proposal for Sustainable Eating

Slow Food USA is a program that envisions a future food system that is based on the principles of high quality and taste, environmental sustainability, and social justice – in essence, a food system that is good, clean and fair.

They seek to catalyze a broad cultural shift away from the destructive effects of an industrial food system and fast life; toward the regenerative cultural, social and economic benefits of a sustainable food system, regional food traditions, the pleasures of the table, and a slower and more harmonious rhythm of life. Belwo are their 10 Point Suggestions for a healtier life


1. Know what you're eating.
Find out where it comes from and what's in it. Think about what's in season now - what's ripe, not just fresh. A lot of these foods will turn out to be local.

2. Get cooking.
And try making things from scratch. You'll save money and rediscover skills you forgot you had.

3. Plant something.
It could be an herb pot on your kitchen counter or, if you have space at home, a small kitchen garden, or a communal plot in your neighborhood that you tend with family and friends. (The Victory Garden on Civic Center Plaza is a landscape of ideas, staffed by experts who can guide your hands to the soil.)

4. Pack a bag lunch.

5. Drink tap water.
It's healthier for you, and it's free.

6. Learn about and celebrate the food traditions your family still possesses.
These are like seeds, long stored and just waiting to be planted.

7. Invite someone to share a meal.
Strengthen the bonds of friendship and community by cooking and eating together.

8. Learn about endangered foods and how we can bring them back to our tables.

9. Conserve, compost and recycle.

10. Vote with your fork.

Well I certainly can appreciate this list! It contains steps that are easy to implement without making huge shifts and jumps all at once in the way one lives. Some of the things I am doing already and some I do some of the time, and some I need to make a much more concentrated, focused effort to do on a regular basis. What are your thoughts?

Go to A Modest Proposal for Sustainable Eating to read the entire article

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Leo (Healthy Tips For A Healthy Lifestyle) said...

2. Get Cooking and 5. Drink tap water are my fav thins on the list!!! :)

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