I’m a huge fan of the local farmer and constantly trying to encourage folks to buy a lot of their food at their local farmer’s market and to get to know these fine people who work tirelessly to grow food to feed their community. Talk about a noble cause for not a lot of money.
If you’ve watched television, perused the food news on the internet or listened to folks on the radio talk about your health, you’ve heard the term “Buy Local.” Once a social movement, people are starting to understand the importance of preserving a food industry that is family-owned. Community, variety, humane treatment of farm animals, and social and environmental responsibility in regards to our food economy is in a word, important.
So, if you aren’t familiar with the farmers in your area then I want to encourage you to visit LocalHarvest.org. This website is a great way to help you find your local food sources like markets and food artisans.
Visit the Local Harvest home page at http://www.localharvest.org/csa/
Visit the Local Harvest farm page at http://www.localharvest.org/organic-farms/
Eatwild.com is a fabulous source for safe, healthy, natural and nutritious grass-fed beef, lamb, goats, bison, poultry, pork, dairy and other wild edibles.
Their site is easy to use and you’ll find a lot of great information about the benefits of raising animals on pasture, as well as direct links to local farms that sell all-natural, delicious, grass-fed, pastured products. Eatwild’s directory of Farms lists over 1,100 pasture-based farms, with more farms being added all the time.
According to their site, producers listed on Eatwild.com certify that assuring that their animals and the land are well-treated, that their products are exceptionally high in nutrition and free of antibiotics and added hormones. Many farms are organically certified; others lack certification but follow organic standards.
Here’s a list of books that I recommend for those of you who are looking for detailed info on the kinds of nutrition and cooking stuff I talk about on my blog or in my videos:
“Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon and Dr. Mary Enig
“Nutrition and Physical Degeneration” by Weston A. Price, D.D.S.
“The Whole Food Encyclopedia” by Rebecca Wood
“Good Calories Bad Calories” by Gary Taubes
“Food Lover’s Companion”—Barron’s Cooking Guide
“Eat Fat Lose Fat” by Dr. Mary Enig and Sally Fallon
“A Consumer’s Dictionary of Food Additives” by Ruth Winter, M.S.
“On Food and Cooking—The Science and Lore of the Kitchen” by Harold McGee
“The Untold Story of Milk” by Ron Schmid, N.D.
“7-Day Detox Miracle” by Peter Bennett, N.D. and Stephen Barrie, N.D. with Sara Faye
“The Gluten Connection” by Shari Lieberman, PhD, CNS, FACN with Linda Segall
“Breaking the Viscious Cycle” by Elaine Gottschall B.A., M.Sc.
“Gut and Psychology Syndrome” by Dr. Natasha Campbell-McBride MD, MMedSci, MMedSci
“Your Gut has a Mind of Its Own—The Second Brain” by Michael D. Gershon, M.D.
“Adrenal Fatigue” by James L. Wilson, N.D., D.C., PhD.
“Wild Fermentation” by Sandor Katz
“Lunch Lessons” by Ann Cooper and Lisa M. Holmes
“Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser
“The Cholesterol Myths” by Uffe Ravnskov, M.D., PhD
“Digestive Wellness” by Elizabeth Lipski, Ph.D., CCN
“Salt Your Way to Health” by David Brownstein, M.D.
“Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan
“Seeds of Deception” by Jeffrey M. Smith
“Real Food—What to Eat and Why” by Nina Planck
“The Whole Soy Story” by Kaayla T. Daniel, PhD, CCN
“The Mood Cure” by Julia Ross, M.A.
“The Diet Cure” by Julia Ross, M.A.
“Local Table” fabulous and free little magazine, a guide to food and farming in middle Tennessee
This movie was produced and directed by filmmaker Robert Kenner and co-produced by Eric Schlosser, an investigative journalist. Their film shows how our nation’s food supply is controlled by a handful of corporations that put the bottomline ahead of our health way too often Though our food might often seem to look better (bigger-breasted chickens, tomatoes that “don’t go bad”), what we really have a nation that’s overweight and under nourished with an epidemic level of diabetes among adults. We’re just not eating enough real, whole food and this film exposes the issues in surprising and shocking ways.
Visit the film’s website: http://http//www.foodincmovie.com/
Future of Food
The Future of Food, was first released in 2004. The film deals with the troubling changes happening in the America’s food system then and still today — genetically engineered foods, patenting, and the corporatization of food— and presents terms the average person can easily understand. It empowers all of us to understand the consequences of our food choices on our future. Thankfully today, the corporate control of agriculture and the seed supply is meeting more and more resistance from the sustainable food movement that has risen up around the world. This film will continue to be relevant until we as consumers begin to truly understand and embrace what it means to buy local.
Visit the film’s website: http://www.thefutureoffood.com/
Writer, director David Burton is also a registered nurse. In his film “inGREEDients”, he interviews some of the leading researchers and the most respected scientists and healthcare professionals in the world to uncover the alarming connection between what you put in your mouth and some of the most disgusting, unpalatable and life-threatening ailments known today! David’s film addresses the three diseases most directly connected with the consumption of hydrogenated oil – heart disease, diabetes, and obesity. Though afflictions are eventually deadly if one keeps consuming hydrogenated oils, with some simple changes in food choices and a littlebit of exercise, these diseases are extremely preventable.
Visit the film’s website: http://www.ingreedientsmovie.com/
Comedian (and former health writer) Tom Naughton replies to the blame-McDonald’s crowd by losing weight on a fat-laden fast-food diet while demonstrating that nearly everything we’ve been told about obesity and healthy eating is wrong. Along with some delicious parody of Super Size Me, Naughton serves up plenty of no-bologna facts that will stun most viewers, such as: The obesity “epidemic” has been wildly exaggerated by the CDC. People the government classifies as “overweight” have longer lifespans than people classified as “normal weight.” Having low cholesterol is unhealthy. Lowfat diets can lead to depression and type II diabetes. Saturated fat doesn’t cause heart disease — but sugars, starches and processed vegetable oils do.
The Peabody-winning documentary King Corn follows college buddies Ian Cheney and Curt Ellis to Iowa, where they plant and tend one acre of America’s most-processed crop. But when the young farmers set out to see where their corn will go, what they find raises troubling questions about what we subsidize, and how we eat. For the sequel Big River, Ian and Curt return to Iowa with a new mission: to investigate the environmental impact their acre of corn has had on the people and places downstream. In a journey that spans from the heartland to the Gulf of Mexico, they discover heartland cancer clusters, a Gulf of Mexico “Dead Zone,” and agriculture’s connection to climate change. (90 minutes / 27 minutes)