"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." ~ Michael Pollan
Rejecting processed foods, cooking at home, buying locally, and supporting sustainable business practices are lifestyle choices that can lead to better personal health - but they can also help support a healthier economy, a more complex and human political system, and a globally responsible life.
This is a community for people figuring out how to integrate themselves into that new (but profoundly old) way of living by focusing on the food we eat - the ecological, political, and ethical consequences of the choices we make at the farmer's market, the grocery store, and at various vendors online. We welcome everyone who'd like to embrace a little change - some of us are all local, all organic, all the time, and some of us are still figuring out the key staple we can switch out for better living. Every bit helps, and everyone's welcome!
We don't have all the answers - but we do enjoy the search.
We don't have a lot of money - but we want to spend what we have as wisely as we can.
We don't have a lot of time - but we like to cook and bake, and share food with our families and friends.
We believe food ties us to our community, and links us in countless (often under-examined) ways to the world.
1) Conversation is welcomed and encouraged – we hope this can be a place where people can happily discuss the myriad complexities of trying to live a more sustainable life.
Ad hominem attacks are the very antithesis of conversation, and will result in threads being frozen and/or deleted. Repeat offenders will be banned from the community.
2) There is a wealth of information about sustainable living already available on the internet – we hope this community can aid us all in sharing that information, and in swapping best practices, news, and websites with one another.
All information should be credited with a link back to the original source, and no hot-linked images are permitted. Please post excerpts from articles, etc., with a link, rather than reposting the full text.
3) The primary goal of this community is to foster conversation about healthy eating in its broadest sense – not just food storage and preparation, but the economic, ethical, and environmental impact of our eating practices in every form.
There are, therefore, very few subjects that are "off topic" in this forum – so long as your post relates in some positive way to green living, you're good to go. (Positive, in this sense, doesn't mean 'only tell us the good stuff.' It's a positive thing to foster discussion about the U.S. Farm Bill, for example, or to debate whether it's better to buy non-organic local produce or organic that's been flown in from Brazil. We simply mean that this is not a forum to trash environmental concerns – debating the nitty gritty of those concerns is always a good thing.)
4) Please tag your post with the appropriate tag(s), and indicate the nature of your post in the subject line. For example, News, Books, Tips, Links etc. This makes it easier for people to navigate entries.