What I’m Thankful For

There are days when it seems — both in and out of the food world — that Everything Is Going Wrong. That makes it easy enough to complain, and I’m not alone in doing so routinely. Nothing tastes the way it used to. Even pricey restaurants have lost their glow. Quality is shot. People die from eating melons. The dominance of hyper-processed, industrialized food (and, more to the point, food-like products) is spreading globally, and we’re all gaining weight faster than ever, while wrecking the planet.

Nevertheless, it’s nearly as easy to find signs of hope — lots of them — as well as people and organizations who’ve been prodding American food back on a natural, sustainable, beautiful track.

Then, of course, there are the things that just plain make you glad to be alive. Aside from the smell of garlic simmering in olive oil, what and whom am I thankful for? In no particular order:

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4 Comments

  1. JulieAnneRhodes said...

    Amen to all you are grateful for, but I’d like you to know there is another way to get real food on the table in a most economically and time efficient manner to combat this economy that you haven’t mentioned. Please check out my site, my latest blog post on the subject, and how I’m trying to make a difference in both world hunger and your own kitchen. http://julieannerhodes.com/2011/11/surviving-the-economy-financial-woes-vs-fear.html

  2. cliveashworth said...

    thankful for the presence of mind and strength of body to bring and exert positive change upon my life and be patient with others while they find the space and framework to gently exist

  3. cliveashworth said...

    thankful for the presence of mind and strength of soul and body to exert positive change and awareness to my life. Clive Ashworth

  4. Mary Kimm said...

    I thought you might be interested in this story. This farm, Nick’s Organic Farm, sits less than 15 miles from the White House, farmed organically for 30 years, insulated from gmo’s by suburbia. Farmer Nick Maravell produces heirloom, organic gmo-free soybean and corn seeds. But Montgomery County is forcing him off of the farm to turn the land over to a private soccer organization because of a shortage of youth soccer fields. (There are more than 500 youth soccer fields in Montgomery County; only one organic seed farm.) The farmer will lose his lease at the end of the year if nothing changes. Maravell is a national expert on organic farming, appointed by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack to the National Organic Standards Board.The Montgomery County Executive characterizes the opposition as NIMBYism.http://connectionnewspapers.com/article.asp?article=356020&paper=70&cat=104http://www.savenicksorganicfarm.org/

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