Rethinking Our Food Supply

| 9/1/2010 6:55:23 PM

Tags: Farmer Jane, sustainable food, farm, farming, food, local food, women in agriculture,

A photo of Oz GirlWhere does most of our food come from, and how has it been processed? I find this question occupying a significant portion of my mind these days.  I’m sure I owe some of my meditations to the ever-more-common media broadcasts of food-borne illnesses and large-scale contaminations.

In the past few years, there has been more concern about GMOs (genetically modified organisms) in our seed crops, along with a loud outcry against the abuse of hormone and antibiotic-injected animals in crowded, dirty feedlots. I know it’s getting more difficult for me to go to the supermarket and purchase vegetables, fruits, and meats when I know the processing methods are controversial or downright inhumane, and most likely harmful to our health.

Advocates for good stewardship of our planet, which includes a healthier food environment, have raised the public awareness about our industrialized food supply and all its connected society ills.  These advocates are tirelessly touting small-scale and sustainable farming as a way for us to get back to the local, seasonal and regional food supply with unending benefits for our health and our planet.

Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat


The book Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat heralds the growing movement of women who are at the forefront of changing how we eat and farm in the United States.  Certainly men are involved in this movement too – it’s just that women (as usual!) are not being given credit where credit is due.  For example, women are the fastest growing number of diversified farmers in our country, with a 30% increase in women farm operators from 2002 to 2007.

Missy Lady
12/3/2010 2:09:04 PM

If you can raise herbs you can Make Your Own Tea and you can get tea bags from: Nichols Garden Nursery 1190 Old Salem Rd NE, Albany, OR 97321, United States all you need to do is add the dried herb and iron the seams of the tea bags. Plus, I love this company because they do not carry any GMO products. It is comforting to deal with a company that you can feel safe with. By making your own tea you know what really goes in it! Good luck.

S.M.R. Saia
9/5/2010 6:28:06 AM

Oz Girl, great post. Thanks for the book recommendation!

Cindy Murphy
9/4/2010 8:51:50 PM

Nah, Oz Girl. We were all fine. No one got sick....remember, they are all used to my cooking; everyone here has iron stomaches. I thought it was pretty funny too, though I learned in the process to label my experiments.

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