Learn More About Your Local Food System
Education is your best defense and a powerful way to join forces with your friends, family and communities worldwide to understand and improve the way our food system works. Outside mainstream assumptions, opinions and media campaigns, you may find informative information that empowers change, instigates improvement and helps provide better nourishment for yourself and your community.
Question the commercials that tell you corn syrup is just another sugar, dispute the claims that say organic food is not better for your body, think twice about the nutritional quality of a packaged and processed food labeled “all-natural” and share what you learn with others so they too can take steps to promote awareness and change.
My search for information on Roundup ready foods (see Monday’s post) and the impact of roundup use in modern agricultural practices has left me with a list of resources I want to share with you.
Information on roundup and other agricultural practices:
GMO cheat sheet: Avoid these usually GMO foods to help reduce the use of Roundup
- Blended oils – usually canola or cottonseed
- Mass produced soy products
- Corn based products
- Feedlot raised meats – usually raised on GMO grains
- Refined white flour
- Refined white sugar
*All produce in your Farm-to-Table box from Full Circle is GMO free – stock up without the worry!
As I stood over the stove and rustled through a pile of ingredients on the counter-top a few evenings ago, one of my closest friends, who patiently listens to my rants on food, health and the like, turned to me and asked, “Sarah, why should I buy organic foods? I just don’t really know why it is worth it because I don’t know much about it.”
Her comment was a bold one that stuck with me, reminding me that it’s always worth sharing information, engaging in constructive discussions and exploring all angles of the story. What seems like common knowledge to you may be foreign territory to even your closest friends. Whether it’s about the use of Roundup, the impact of genetically modified foods, the facts about grass feed meats, the importance of well-sourced and sustainably produced foods or just the simple difference between eating organic or conventionally produced foods—knowledge is always worth sharing.
And don’t forget the recipes, some of the best and most meaningful come from family traditions passed down through generations and secret ingredients shared between friends. Here’s mine for the week: adding basil to a fresh spring strawberry smoothie adds a depth of flavor and a unique element of fresh spring zest – it’s delicious!
Strawberry Basil Spring Smoothie
1/2 cup ripe strawberries, stems cut off
1 medium banana
5 fresh basil leaves, cleaned and stems removed
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1/4cup fresh orange juice
Puree all ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Enjoy immediately!