6 facts to feel great about!
Amongst all the negative, often frightening and depressing news around our food supply, Mark Bittman wrote recently for the NYTimes: Food: Six Things to Feel Good About.
There are bright spots, hopeful trends and movements of which we can be very proud. We love and agree with the 6 bright spots Mr. Bittman chose, and highlight them here for you :)
Increased Awareness & Power ~ hopefully more people will become aware and support the Farm Bill up for renewal in 2012, and use their individual power to help ensure far reaching change that will benefit us all.
Real & Positive Actions ~ Wal-Mart, Costco, McDonalds...many of our largest corporations that have the huge market share and influence are demanding change that is having enormous positive impact on our environment and food supply. Hat's off to all of them!!!
Return to Real Food versus Processed ~ After decades of a disgusting diet, Americans are getting back to their roots. We now have more than 6,000 farmers markets across the U.S., CSA's and urban agriculture are well known words now...Organizations like LocalHarvest.org and Wholesome Wave are making it easier and cheaper for us all to have access to truly healthy, locally grown food.
Growing Our Own is on the rise! ~ Again, we are heading back to our healthiest roots...Urban Ag is spreading quickly, as Mr. Bittman states: if local food, grown ethically, can become more popular and widespread, and can help in the greening of cities ~ well, what’s wrong with that?
A New Generation of Farmers ~ Thanks to these positive changes happening in America today, a new wave of young, smart and hip farmers are helping to sustain our most important industry. Great organizations like The Greenhorns and FoodCorps are helping to bring young people together to help increase the number of American farms.
Real School Lunches ~ finally the crap kids are being fed at school is under scrutiny! The USDA, independent chefs and celebrities like Jamie Oliver are behind this movement.'The school lunch may have more potential positive influences than anything else, and we’re beginning to see it realized.'
Let's celebrate and share the great news...shut out the depressing, bad news and focus on making important positive change!
In 2009, Mr. Bittman, who has been urging Americans to change the way we eat for decades, published “Food Matters,” which explored the crucial connections among food, health and the environment.