It looks like Food Day is gaining traction. I’ve seen it pop up in my social media feeds a fair amount.
Yet I do wonder if the concept has made its way beyond the “true believers” to more mainstream folks. And so today I’d like to introduce you to ladies who I think can help us reach out to “would-be believers.”
In a sidebar to a story that I wrote and published here in Texas last month, nutritionist Lesli Friedman of UTSA’s Department of Health and Kinesiology offered the following tips for celebrating Food Day principles at home this year. These are all great suggestions–great doable suggestions for just about anyone:
• Assess your family’s current food behaviors. Determine how you can make changes to eat more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, less sugar and less sodium.
• Shop at your local farmer’s market.
• Plant an organic fall/winter garden. [Maybe a Victory Garden?]
• Learn where your food comes from and how it is produced. Investigate how people, animals, and the environment are treated in the process of getting food to you and your family.
• Whenever possible, advocate for healthy food availability throughout [your region].
If this kind of talk appeals to you, then I’d like to suggest that you take a serious gander at this book, which received mention in Oprah’s magazine:
It’s written by the phenomenal Pattie Baker of Georgia and FoodShedPlanet.com. She was, incidentally, the very first person ever to leave a comment on my blog. [*grin*] I’ve been a fan of Pattie’s work for years, and I love this book. The title says it all: Food for My Daughters: What One Mom Decided to Do When the Towers Fell (And What You Can Do, Too). In the wake of 9/11, Pattie turned to sustainable initiatives to regain control in the emotional and political chaos.
The text is warm, witty, accessible, and engaging–just like all of Pattie’s writings. Written in a seasonal garden journal format, this memoir of motherhood and vittle raisin’ is also chockablock with tips, ideas and resources. It’ll go on my shelf next to Michael Pollan’s work and represent a Southern gal’s POV on a complicated set of issues related to food safety/security and well-being. (I think Pattie may be a transplant to the South, but we will claim her!)
Readers, I’d love it if y’all would share Lesli’s tips and Pattie’s book within your networks, both online and in real life. This will help these ladies–and their ideas–get wider traction. So, give a tweet, a share or–even better–riff on these ideas on your own blogs!
P.S. You can pick up Pattie’s book via the RW&G Amazon Store by following this link.
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