Food. A subject we all love to discuss (and partake in), yet such a controversial topic these days. What's safe? What's not? And, wow, are there really hormones in my milk that don't have to be listed on the container? Yikes! It's challenging enough to be concerned about what we put into our own systems, but when it comes to our kids growing bodies, we want nothing short of the best, and it's often times hard to find the truth about what that really is.
The new book Grub: Ideas for an Organic Urban Kitchen, by Anna Lappé and chef Bryant Terry, can help. Lappé and Terry have a goal - healthy, local and sustainable food for us all. They created a book that combines original recipes, practical tools for creating a healthy organic kitchen and the latest information about the revolution in food and farming that is healthy for our bodies and the earth. They set about to write a book, and in the process, have started a movement.
"Grub Parties" are being hosted all over the nation. You can host your own Grub Party - simply invite friends old and new, especially those who might have conflicting ideas about politics, life and food to discuss these ideas and more. Then plan your meal. You can find menu ideas from Organic Valley. Now for the important part - shop for the ingredients. Buying local, organic and seasonal foods for your meal is key to the Grub way of thinking. Get your kids involved. Teach them where things come from, and why it's better to buy locally, organically grown produce than it is to pick something up from the local Wal-Mart. Not only will you be putting pesticide-free and non-gmo foods into your kids' delicate systems, but you will be showing support of the farmers' efforts who till and toil near your home, and who get paid good wages (unlike those who are haggled down to the last penny by giants such as Wal-Mart). Your kids will enjoy the process, and it may even make them more excited about eating their veggies when they can say they came from "Farmer Jim" at the market.
For more information and ideas and to find out where to get that kind of Grub see Local Harvest. So go ahead, getcha grub on!