Standing on the Shoulders of Giants ~ the American Food Revolution
Since the food-safety scandals of the 1980's and 90's, the obesity epidemic and documentaries such as Fast Food Nation, Supersize Me and Food, Inc brought the problem to our living rooms, the American Food Revolution has become a movement that has "become a measurable force in American society," as described in the recent Time Mag article by Bryan Walsh titled: Foodies Can Eclipse (and Save) the Green Movement.
According to this article in 1986 there was a total of 2 CSA programs in America...today, there are thousands. We have more than 6,000 farmers' markets, an impressive 16% more than last year. Organic food and beverage sales of $1billion in 1990 increased over a billion dollars a year to reach nearly $25billion in 2009.
What inspired me most about the recent news around the Food Revolution is that at the recent Ted Conference in NYC: Changing The Way We Eat, our USDA was present! Lucas Knowles is the Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food coordinator for the USDA...he is young, understands sustainable agriculture policy and studied forestry and environmental policy at Yale. If this is indeed a sign of the times, it is cause for some serious celebration!
I was hoping to post a video from this last conference but found none, SO, I am reposting this wonderful video of an 11 year old organic food activist. It is a very worthwhile way to spend 5 minutes of your time today! I hope you enjoy it and learn something new.