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Leaving the industrial food chain

Several years ago when I started the last leg of my journey toward better health, I did a whole lot of research about nutrition and exercise. This lead to more reading about meditation, stress reduction and cognitive distortions. Then I started to look at the bigger picture and turned the lens from what I was doing to what was doing me. In other words, where am I living and what and who are supporting the choices I make?

During the last couple of years my reading has moved in a whole direction..mainly it is the convergence of the first two legs of my research. Some notable people have influenced my thinking....most recently, Barbara Kingsolver's newest book, ANIMAL, VEGETABLE, MIRACLE is fabulous. It is the story about her family's experience disengaging from the industrial food chain when they moved back to VA a couple of years ago. Another person who has influenced my thinking is Michael Pollan who has written a great series of articles for the NYT...just Google his name and go to his personal web site to get reprints of his articles...also, his book OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA completely reframed my thinking about where food comes from. And there are so many others.... Marian Nestle, Alice Waters....

I am looking into joining a CSA (community sponsored buy shares in a local farm) and I have printed out a list of local farmer's markets and I read the tiny labels stuck to the produce I buy at the supermarket. Increasingly, I see New Zealand, Chile and other exotic places showing up on the labels. Fruits and vegetables are growing half a world away from where I live and many local farmers are struggling to stay afloat.

Are there other people out in there in the PT community who care about this too?
healthy2, 5/27/2007 1:43:04 PM

Sun. May 27, 1:58pm

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Industrial Food Chain

We have some friends who own a farm that is a CSA. It is wonderful. They are fabulous, nice people and do a lot of good for the community. We have often conversed about how expensive it is to actually eat healthy.

Sunday, May 27, 2007, 2:03 PM

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