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- Tim’s DVD Reviews
- Thumbs Down
- Farm and Ranch Pete Kennedy shines a light on the industrial food safety mindset
- Legislative Updates Judith McGeary keeps us up to date on changing attitudes to pasture-based agriculture
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by Sally Fallon Morell
At our conference awards banquet, we officially launched a new directive—designed to increase support of our farmers and ensure we are all eating a healthy diet. It is called the 50 Percent Pledge. We are asking all members to pledge to spend at least 50 percent of their food budget in direct purchases from farmers and artisans. Foods you purchase direct include raw milk, raw cheese and other raw dairy products; pastured meat, poultry and eggs; artisan foods like sourdough bread, ferments and broth; and even prepared foods like soups, stews and casseroles.
It’s not hard to do! Contact your nearest local chapter or visit realmilk.com to find a farm near you. Nothing close by? Then look into a buyers group or delivery service—there are hundreds of them, all over the U.S., and your chapter leader can tell you where they are near you. Still nothing that is convenient? Then consider banding together with a group of friends to set up your own food drop—we have many farmers who are glad to oblige. And there are always farmers markets—just make sure that the vendors you purchase from are growing the food that they sell.
So, please renew your efforts to make direct farm purchases, but don’t think you have to do without some of your favorite foods like rice, pineapples and bananas. I like to say that with the part of your food budget that you are not using to support local farms, you can celebrate how small the world has become. I recently learned that almost every commercial airplane carries a delivery of fresh produce—coming from California, or South America or even New Zealand. These planes would be flying anyway, so the cornucopia of fresh produce that we find in our local stores has a very small footprint. What’s more, a lot of produce coming from overseas is organic. So it’s no problem to support your local farmer and also enjoy strawberries in December.
We had a wonderful conference in Texas—the speakers were the best, and we will be presenting some of the talks in future issues of Wise Traditions. You can also order conference recordings from Fleetwood through a link from our home page.
Wise Traditions 2020 will be located in Portland, Oregon, November 13-15. Mark your calendars!
We wish all of you a new year filled with good health and meaningful work—and lots of local and artisan food!