What’s for dinner?
What’s for dinner, Is a phrase that I heard so many times when my children were growing? Sometimes I felt like the question was coming from bodies that were starving right at that moment and I should stop what I was doing and pour it in.
I love food and eating. Food and love have always gone hand and hand in my life in a parade of give and take.
My partner and I are children of parents who experienced the great depression first hand and knew hunger and shortages. Hunger was different for them because they grew up on farms and they were part of the feeding the poor in the cities. Until I was 16, I never lived in a home without a huge garden and tremendous food preservation practices to be attended to, without complaint.
It was easy for us to fall into the garden practice when we got married, the Food Cooperative, Voluntary Simplicity, local fish market, working at the Cooperative for our bulk food items, and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) brought us a box a food every week. Our study group brought us new ideas on parenting, healing with food and the politics of food in our monthly discussions. We bartered and traded for childcare, rides and services. We organized an alternative school program, and had a garden for lunch eating and a worm box to create fertilizer. This community has developed a huge gathering of alternative healers and practitioners.
Lots of folks eat RAW foods, vegan, vegetarian, and mostly organic. The local farmers raise free range chickens and we buy in bulk and put it in our freezers. Even several of the traditional grocery stores are now changing their patterns of doing business to stay in business in our location. Supply and Demand works well here. All around us are the big box stores, cheap goods stores, and fast food, they arrive all wrapped up in lots of advertisements and the claims of something for nothing.
At risk teenagers grow gardens of food for the food bank and help to develop storage systems so there is plenty even in winter. We lead the US in recycling programs. Green is a daily thing and helping everyone survive and grow is a high priority.
My partner and I are working on eating locally – everything from within 100 miles of our house. We do have to order some specialty items because we are a Gluten Free zone, but most of those are still within 100 miles.
Then my new YES! Magazine came in the mail. This issue is called Food for Everyone! This is a collection of all the positive things people are doing around the world about food to feed people. The first article I read was about a huge city that ended hunger – everyone gets a free lunch! No lie! No Hunger!
I follow YES! Magazine on Twitter. You can too.
Every day this week, I have recommended one of the articles from this issue to someone. I can think of no better birthday gift to give my family and friends than a subscription to this magazine. I own every issue of the magazine which I am going to give to our local high school which lost its library’s roof during a snow storm – I have donated a subscription to the school for years.
Two things I love have come together, Food and YES! Magazine, can you top that?
Have you read David Korten’s new book Agenda for a New Economy or one of his older ones, When Corporations Rule the World? Two economics books I can hardly put down – there are excerpts in the magazine.
Maybe you will want to check it out at YesMagazine.org and come back and tell us what you think?
How do you think we could end hunger? What are your statistics and facts about food? What is your communities overall position on food and hunger in your neighborhood?