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a word on goals

In my last post I mentioned that I didn’t agree with the writer of the article on food tribalism that all of our tribes share the same goal of health.

I was asked a good question in response.

What IS my goal?

I’ve been thinking about it this morning and realizing that my answer isn’t as straight-forward as I thought.

My goals in my writing and my efforts at home range from the practical to the political to the philosophical. My goals are rooted in the present, as a mother of a small child, and look forward – to his children and their children’s future.

If I can sum them up I’d say my goals are sanity, security, independence and joy.

I’d like my son’s children to have a sane food system that serves them and their children, not large corporations. I’d like that system to be in line with Slow Food values – good, clean and fair.

I want my son’s children to have food-security. To have access to clean, safe, nourishing foods that don’t cost an arm and a leg AND the earth. I do not want them to have a food system that relies on harmful chemicals, or is ecologically and socially destructive.

I want my family, now and in the future, to have the knowledge, skills and seeds to feed ourselves. I want them to know and value the independence that comes from a meal grown close to home and prepared with care by loving hands. I do not want them to rely on corporations to put food on the table. I want them to be producers, to take pride and empowerment from that.

Last, but perhaps most importantly, I want my family to live a joyful life. A life full of rich experiences, fresh air and hard work. Good food enjoyed around a table with family and friends is one of life’s simplest pleasures. To have an intimate understanding of one’s dinner, having nourished and tended it from seed to table is one of the most joyful experiences in life.

The family table is a celebration of life, the seasons, our time together, the bounty of our garden and our skills in the kitchen.

I can’t think of anything more joyful, or of a more worthwhile goal for my family.


Let’s Put an End to Dietary Tribalism

What an interesting piece. No matter what camp of food philosophy (or non-philosophy, as one reader astutely named my views on food) you should read this.

At the end of the day, we may not have exactly the same goals (I don’t agree with the writer that our shared goal is health) but I think we do have a lot of common enemies . . .

Isn’t that a terrible thing to say?

But its true.

And frankly, they’re a lot bigger and more powerful than we are, even than our individual tribes are. I’m sure nothing makes them happier than watching us squabble amongst ourselves while they continue with business as usual.

Reading the comments pretty much proves the author’s point. The discourse IMMEDIATELY descended into the kind of tribalism the author is warning against. I would have laughed if it weren’t so sad.

We would all be better off to accept our differences and get down to work dismantling our broken food system so we can build something better that serves all of us, not just a chosen few.

the push-back against “urban” farming

I burst out laughing when I saw this headline on Twitter:

Are urban chickens a gateway drug for urban cows and pigs?

Of course, I had to click through to the article on treehugger.com.

And when I did I laughed even harder.

The article is about my hubby’s hometown of Campbellford, Ontario.

You probably don’t know where that is.

It’s ok.

Before I met Jeff, neither did I.

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