“The world is full of people who have never, since childhood, met an open doorway with an open mind.”E.B. White
Recently, I was caught off-guard by a question; how did you learn all of this?
It was asked by an old friend. Someone I had chatted with many times before. And while I can’t remember the exact topic of conversation, I am pretty sure it had something to do with food and either it’s cultivation, preparation or consuming of it. Food is a very broad topic!
I stood there for a minute, before finally responding “a little at a time”. And indeed, that’s exactly the truth. We all heard the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. Well, the same applies to learning about food (and almost everything else for that matter). My husband and I have spent years researching and learning about the topic of food. Including how it’s grown, how best to prepare it and how foods can impact your overall health. As I said before, it’s an incredibly broad subject! With many paths and rabbit holes you can go down.
And I’m always amazed at how much more there is to learn. So, to help you on your own journey to discover more about the vast world of food I will be posting resources and tips here. Because arguably, the most important topic in our lives: food.
Joel Salatin at Polyface Farms was pivotal in shaping our current view on food and its production. Joel passionately advocates for pastured-raised animals and speaks to both the ecological and ethical reasons why you should support pastured animals too.
Joel sits in a controversial place as both a Christian and an advocate for the environment. Because of this, he is uniquely positioned to bridge the gap between these ideologies that are often thought to be at odds – but has certainly ruffled feathers on both sides of the aisle in trying to do so.
In his book The Marvelous Pigness of Pigs Joel speaks directly to those who share his Christian faith in what I consider a ground-breaking book.
Before this book I struggled with explaining why sustainably sourced food and the ethical treatment of animals was critical to my religious friends and family. This book armed me with convincing anecdotes without being overly cloying or preachy to those of us that aren’t church-goers.
And for those of you that prefer a more agnostic approach, Joel’s book Folks, This Ain’t Normal provides a thought-provoking and insightful look at the history of our food system and puts it in stark contrast to our modern one. All while still being light-hearted and utterly entertaining.
Mark Shephard at Forest Agriculture Nursery makes a strong case for looking at agriculture through a new lens. He advocates working in harmony with nature rather than constantly battling it!
Mark blends the concept of permaculture with traditional agriculture in a way that just make sense. He advocates for creating sustainability by focusing on perennials and mimicking nature in order to achieve balance. Gone with monocultures, gone with toxic chemicals! Instead, bring in soil health, natural pest resilience and improved water management with the techniques that Mark advocates for.
Dr. Stephanie Seneff
Ever wonder exactly why GMO’s are bad for you and your family? Curious what all the hub-bub is about glyphosate? Before learning of Senior MIT Research Scientist, Dr. Seneff, I knew in my gut that GMO’s aren’t a good idea. But I didn’t have a strong understanding of exactly why. Dr. Seneff provides the most complete – and easy to understand! – reason why glyphosate and GMO’s don’t mix with human beings. Spoiler; it all comes down to the microorganisms that live inside all of us. Dr. Stephanie Seneff’s is soon releasing a new book through Chelsea Green publishing described as “a definitive work on glyphosate”. I’ll post a link to it once it’s available!
Dr. Seneff is also a pioneer in the study of sulfate – and it’s importance to our health. To top it off, Dr. Seneff is a delight to listen to. I encourage anyone interested in learning more about this critical topic to check out the numerous interviews available with Dr. Seneff.
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