Organic, Local, Fresh, Food!!!
One amazing uprising that is both changing consciousness and reconnecting us to the earth is the organic, local foods movement.
Food is what keeps us alive but many kids in our next generation have no idea where it comes from, beyond the store. When most people – kids and adults alike are disconnected from our food source, we lose control over our most precious resource. This means that others decide what is available to us, if it’s available to us, and how it’s grown, processed, and transported. It also means that most of us are severed from the only thing that is innately sane – mother nature. And what more basic way can humans relate to the earth, but by growing their own food, putting their own hands in the soil, physically engaging in a sweaty and disciplined creative process and witnessing the miracle of life that keeps us alive?
Grow your Own Food!
The local food movement is ablaze with passionate people who are feeling the same inner call to get back to our place of belonging in the natural world. Local Farmer’s Markets and many Local Restaurants and Natural Food Supermarkets are growing and/or sourcing locally grown seasonal food.
Roof Top Gardens:
Other zesty pioneers are getting into growing their own garden on the ground or on the roof – wtih goats up there on the right.
Community and Inner City Gardens:
There are many community and inner city gardens that are helping apartment-bound city dwellers, poorer people, refugees, and those in rehab to eat healthy fresh produce, learn payable skills, connect with each other and the earth.
And let's not forget the the first White House veggie garden ever with the Obama's!
Michelle Obama, our first lady, is walking her talk about healthy local living for Americans and it's beautiful to see her in action!
Our own garden takes regular, but minimal effort to grow and maintain considering the incredible abundance it offers up. Our 7 year old peach tree is bearing fruit for the first time this year and is literally bending over backwards (and being held up by metal posts and a ladder underneath the biggest branch) to produce more peaches than it can support on it’s limbs – more than enough peaches to share with the squirrels, feed a family of four for a month, and freeze or can some for the winter.
This morning I decided I needed a good hearty hot lunch, so I gathered almost every ingredient I needed from the garden. Carrots freshly pulled from the dirty ground, a yellow beet stored perfectly next to the carrots, beet greens and cabbage. Honestly, I was stressing about needing to get to work (to write this) but as I cut into the root veggies, the bright yellow of the beet brought me the most exquisite sense of appreciation, purpose, calm, and inspiration. Try to explain that and you can’t – it can only be experienced first hand.
Politics of eating locally grown food:
On the political and economic side of things, in a world where everyone could have enough food, it is crucial that everyone be able to grow, access, and control the quality and quantity of their food locally. In the world we need to create, where we use our earth’s resources responsibly without excessive polluting, it’s essential that we source our food organically and locally instead of using petroleum and chemicals on food and in gas-guzzling trucks and planes to transport food across the country.
Buying locally helps you to be more dependent on people and companies you know and love. It helps keep your local economy thriving, which helps you get and keep your job in that community.
When you buy locally, you can more often buy organically too.
Buying locally is crucial for minimizing transportation pollution, which contributes about 30% of our greenhouse gases and hence climate change.
Organic is the only healthy way to eat:
There are a whole host of reasons to buy and eat organically.
My 8 year old niece was telling me that her mom doesn’t try very hard to buy organic. I told her, that simply put, pesticides are meant to kill living creatures and not be eaten by those that would like to thrive. Herbicides are meant to kill weeds, but weeds become immune and grow even more voraciously. I also told her that eating the conventional blueberries and raisins in front of us was like popping little poison pills. Eating organic may seem more costly to her mom, but in the long run it's much cheaper health care than going to the doctor.