Saturday, March 16, 2013

Food Rules


Food activism was alive and well even a century ago, but it was considered common sense, not radical eating.  The most interesting thing about these US Food Administration recommendations from 1917 is the nod to buying locally.  The local food movement is largely touted as a 21st Century phenomenon, but the value of local food sources has long been understood.  Generations that lived through contagion, wars, or the great depression all understand  the value and necessity of having food at hand, and being able to grow more of it yourself.  There are few communities that grow enough food locally to be able to sustain themselves through crises, and crises are becoming more common as food sourcing and distribution is consolidated.  Interruptions in transportation or computing systems, extreme weather events, and economic instability all threaten the current food structure, maybe it's time to start listening.


  1. Exactly. I've been reading a lot about this lately, and the health aspects of eating local, grass-fed meats and dairy. I'm a physician, and I think if people ate well, got rid of high fructose corn syrup, and exercised occasionally, I'd be out of a job.

  2. Thanks for adding the personal aspect to this post. What is good for each one of us is also good for the greater community. Our physicians will just have to find hobbies :-)