Thursday, April 1, 2010

Food for Thoughts

I thought I'd share this short trailer for Joel Salatin's new documentary: Fresh the Movie.  Joel and his unique sustainable farming practices were featured in Michael Pollan's book The Omnivore's Dilemma and Robert Kenner's movie Food, Inc.  Works like these do the important job of educating us all about where our food comes from and why we should care.  

Today I discovered evidence that the message is having an impact:  a new Bill the Butcher store opened up in my Greater Seattle neighborhood.  They offer a wide range of meat and poultry (and other gourmet items), all of which were produced locally using sustainable farming practices.  The local store is managed by Scott, a classically-trained chef who eagerly plies you with delicious samples while telling you about where they came from.  We left with some grass-fed beef that became our dinner--it was intensely flavorful, a cut above anything we could have bought at any of our usual places.  Bill's is going to be our butcher from now on.

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GF Gidget said...

We just watched that movie! I couldn't believe they threw those baby chicks!

pTsaldari said...

This is the way it's suppose to be - excellent video, excellent message, if only more people could view it. Wonderful blog, I always enjoy it.
Thank you,

Jacqueline said...

Thank you for artsy foodie, thank you for the movie clip. I am trying to get urban garden grants for my daughters charter school. Do you have any recommendations and could you or someone you know make a healthy breakfast and lunch menu for a school.

USDA minimums are not acceptable.
the breakfast menu is: donuts, muffins, juice and cereal or bagels and cream cheese. All prepackaged

Lunch is all processed : cheese, curly fries, canned fruit, fish nuggets and peas and carrots that I would not eat if I had to.

The principal thinks I have a three heads when I challenged him regarding the menu.I still believe that USDA for breakfast and lunch are guidelines not laws.

The cost for breakfast is 1.50
3.00 for lunch. Isn't possible to put something better for each child?

Please let me know and let anyone you know who is interested. Anyone reading this please contact me if you have any suggestions.

Thank you again for your lovely website.


Alexa said...

Thank you for your comment. I use to work in the public schools so I know exactly how awful the cafeteria food is. My kids stay away from it. In answer to your question here are some ideas: If your kids are old enough encourage them to speak to school officials(my teenagers are doing that). Speak to teachers as well, they might become your allies in changing options offered in the school. Some might be interested in starting a school community garden program as part of the curriculum. The produce can be used to feed the students or raise funds for better meals. I would see who I can speak to at the school district level, state legislature, and at the national level as well. You might want to contact advocacy groups such as: Center for Science in the Public Interest (located in Washington D.C.)--they might have more ideas and resources for you, Jamie Oliver's website might have advice on this as well since he is tackling this problem in the US at the moment. Alice Waters might also have material available on her foundation website:

I hope this help.

Veggie Belly said...

I saw joel on food inc..this is great, thanks for sharing!

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