Nourishment: Preaching and Looking for the Converted

Nourishment: Preaching and Looking for the Converted

Maxwell Ryan
Nov 30, 2004

After writing my own op-ed piece on Thanksgiving last week, I read Dan Barber's piece in the New York Times. I had to chuckle at myself - it seems Barber and I were thinking similar things, but in his case, he said it with far greater eloquence and convincing grace. And because I ended up not having the guts to read it outloud to my in-laws at our Thanksgiving meal, I thought I might expand a bit in this week's Nourishment post.

My thanksgiving dinner, delicious as it was, lead me to think about the dozens, if not hundreds, of people I know who do not eat organic local food: people who are concerned about the environment, who care deeply about their health and the health of their family and community, not to mention the vast majority of which admittedly love good food.


The only answer I could come up with is a simple lack of knowledge. One friend wrote to me this week saying she'd read Barber's op-ed and "it makes me want to go organic" – that's a start. What can we do to get people to take the last step?

Get out the knowledge.

I urge everyone to read Dan Barber's piece, and to read more about the quality of our food and how it affects our environment and our health, and to then ask yourself if you're ready to start making simple, easy choices about your food. And if you have the guts, read it out loud to someone you think needs to hear it. skgr of SKCooks

These are great resources to get started with:

  • The Eat Well Guide
  • Center for Food Safety
  • Farm To Table
  • Heritage Foods
  • Local Harvest
  • Pesticides in Produce
  • Seafood Watch
  • Slow Food USA

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