Think Globally, Eat Locally

I spent most of this Earth Day in my garden. This will be the sixth year I have kept an organic garden at home. As I write this tomato plants more than a foot tall, started a month ago fill our living room. They’ve been moved back from the bay window sill to make room for the six inch peppers and the newly sprouted lettuces and kale. There are carrots and kale and lettuces and beans already in the ground outside. That ground has been tilled, the compost (made over the summers with direction from the Rodale Book of Composting) has been worked into the garden plot.

This year, the number of different vegetables in the garden will be reduced to kale, tomatoes, peppers (bell and hot), carrots, beans, and some early lettuce. All these things grow well in the yard. Instead of growing a wide variety things this year I am going to go for quantity and try canning and freezing for the first time.

During the growing season our family will be getting fresh fruits and vegetables from The Food Project. We have bought a Community Supported Agriculture Farm Share for the first time. We are tired of eating genetically modified, chemically fertilized, God knows what food. We want organic produce year round if possible and we don’t want to participate in feeding the industrial food machine that burns fossil fuels to truck in produce from Chile and California when we can grow it right here where we live.

We began our quest towards better eating when our son was diagnosed with multiple food allergies, including corn, soy, wheat, rice, barley, eggs, and fish.

Corn is a killer, not just metaphorically. Corn fed beef may be responsible for higher rates of heart disease as it’s not the red meat itself that is unhealthy but the highly unbalanced ratio of Omega 3 to Omega 6 fatty acids in corn fed CAFO meat, whereas grass fed meat retains a balanced ratio of these essential fats.

My education on eating continued with Animal, Vegetable, Miracle and The Omnivore’s Dilemma as well as a collection of essays called Food & Faith: Justice, Joy and Daily Bread.

So the prayer for Earth Day this year comes from Wendell Berry:

How we eat determines how the world is used.

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