Hi! How’s your week going? Mine is A-okay except I have call-in jury duty and I’ve dodged the bullet all week. I have a feeling I’ll have to go in tomorrow.
I did not let myself run this morning since I take 2 days off of running a week 96% of the time. Instead I took a lil walk. It was nice
Food has been the usual suspects – eggs, tortillas, trail mix. I’m going to start doing more full days of eats again since people ask me about my diet. Hello, it’s usually the same but if you want to see it I’m enough of a narcissist to make that happen.
Last night I made an individual serving of Muddy Buddy mix and it may be the smartest thing I’ve ever done! I would eat the whole batch if I made it, so I’m happy to get my chocolate fix and not overdo it.
Oh, and I may or may not have eaten 4 Chobani yogurts yesterday. The company sent me the new flavors to try and I had to see what they were. They put stickers over the flavors so I didn’t know what they were. Want to try them too? I might have a giveaway coming soon!
Food Tank – Books You Must Read
The Food Tank put together a complete list of “13 books on the food system that could save the environment”. <- They’re not messing around.
I normally wouldn’t copy so much info from another site, but I think their priority is getting the word out on these resources so here it is… please check these books out!
Michael Pollan takes back the “single most important thing [to] do as a family to improve our health and well-being”: cooking. A poetic exploration of the beauty and simplicity of preparing food, this book will help readers get off the couch and into the kitchen.
Mark Bittman delves into the benefits – to the environment, to personal health, and to the economy – of reducing meat consumption. Without forbidding or condemning meat, this is a great book for the environmentally-conscious omnivore.
Bet the Farm starts with an unnerving statistic: in 2008, “farmers produced more grain than ever, enough to feed twice as many people as were on Earth. In the same year… a billion people went hungry.” Kaufman delves into the problems with our food system and uncovers the financial underpinnings that motivate this dysfunctional system.
A farmer from Virginia and an advocate for healthy eating, Hauter explores the “corporate, scientific, industrial, and political” aspects of our food system in an effort to understand the problems with mainstream production and distribution systems, and how to fix them in order to incorporate healthy, mindful eating.
Exploring the food system from a different angle, Jayaraman points to the deeply troubling labor practices that exist in the food industry. With personal stories and interviews, Jayaraman unveils the low wages and grueling positions that farm and kitchen workers endure.
6. The Last Hunger Season: A Year In An African Farm Community On The Brink Of Change by Roger Thurow
Thurow spent a year with four women smallholder farmers in western Kenya to document their struggles in supporting and feeding themselves and their families. He evaluates the extent to which the work of initiatives like the One Acre Fund can help these farmers pull themselves up and defeat hunger and poverty.
7. American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half Its Food (And What We Can Do About It) by Jonathan Bloom
Focusing on food waste in the United States, this book takes the issue beyond big farms and corporations to a very personal level. A great introduction to the ways that our own actions are impacting the food system, and what we can do about it.
According to the World Health Organization, more than half of the world’s population now lives in cities. The Urban Food Revolution looks at the ways in which urban food systems need to change in order to become healthier and more sustainable
9. Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It by Anna Lappe
Anna Lappe’s Diet for a Hot Planet outlines the ways in which the current food system contributes to climate change, the barriers to a true reform, and what consumers can do to provoke change.
Uncovering waste in production and processing, the role of supermarkets in passing on wastefulness to suppliers and consumers, and consumers’ wasteful practices at home, Stuart’s book explores the many pathways of waste that exist in our food system. Even better, his book provides examples of countries where the food system is working, and offers tips on reducing and reusing our food.
11. The Backyard Homestead: Produce all the food you need on just a quarter acre! edited by Carleen Madigan
The Backyard Homestead tells would-be farmers how to farm on just a quarter of an acre.
12. The Perfect Protein: The Fish Lover’s Guide to Saving the Oceans and Feeding the World by Andy Sharpless
Sharpless argues that seafood will be the best source of sustainable protein for a rapidly growing global population. And he highlights the importance of protecting the health and biodiversity of wild fish populations.
For those without a backyard, the Essential Urban Farmer is the essential tutorial to begin growing food in cities.
by Tess Antrim-Cashin
I have heard a lot about several of these books, but sadly I have not read any of them. I’m going to try and read them all by the end of the year! I think it’s important to be well informed, even if I don’t plan on being vegan until 6pm or turning into an urban farmer… we’ll see.
Reunite the River
During my visit with Silk I learned that the company is a part of “Change the Course” a project that educates the public on freshwater issues. The company is challenging people to pledge to reduce their freshwater footprint at www.ReuniteTheRiver.com <- you can pledge there.
Question: Have you read any of those books? Thoughts?