Imagine a world where communities come together in support, providing nourishment and nurturing where and when it is needed.
Imagine vibrant, vast eco-systems, each life giving life to the others.
Imagine an earth that is loved and cared for with respect for the natural ecosystems.
Imagine a world where prosperity is measured by how rich our soils are and the quality of our food and livestock.
Imagine a world where people live in vibrant health, understanding the inherent wisdom of our bodies.
Imagine the peace and freedom of a secure, safe food supply that parallels the quality detail an artist brings to his or her work.
Imagine transforming the world with each bite you take.
You Change the World
You hold in your hand and on your plate the possibility, the power, to change the world. Simply by knowing how to find real food, then changing how you source your food, you change the world.
At first glance, how we source provisions seems insignificant. But, in reality, the implications are enormous. Whatever you choose to eat or not eat–whether vegetarian, paleo, vegan, mostly animal proteins–the greatest impact you have is in how and where you choose to source your ingredients.
Not only is the impact you have individually far greater than you realize, collectively, our impact is beyond imaginable.
Our conscious choice in what and how we eat affects every minute aspect of our lives, individually and collectively, both now and in the future. Below are the four “pillars” of how our food choices affect our world.
The Four Pillars of Food Choice
Pillar #1: Environment
Sourcing food from ecological farmers improves the environment, leads to topsoil formation and tells the farmers we value what they are doing.
In the debate over GMOs and whether or not to eat meat fed with GMO grain, here’s something to consider. Often, farms do not have enough land to produce their own grain, and deliveries of GMO-free grains are too far away to make it cost effective to source exclusively GMO-free grain.
When you choose to support a local farmer who has not yet made the transition to GMO-free grain, you have the power and capacity to aide in their transition to GMO-free grain. Find out what they need and help make it possible.
When you source from farms that are organic or beyond organic,* your support allows those farmers to make a sustainable living while farming and keeping that land in organic production.
Can you begin to see the huge ripple affect of buying power? It is not simply in the purchase but in the broader message your support gives to those farmers.
Additionally, sourcing from an ecological farmer gives a greater chance that they will be able to stay on their land, cultivating it for future generations, building rich soil.
Pillar #2: Health
In choosing food, we have the opportunity to choose those that lead to a healthy, balanced life, giving vibrant health to ourselves and to future generations. With health comes our ability to affect our futures, to be vibrantly alive. The food we choose directly impacts the health we cultivate.
Pillar #3: Economic
When we purchase food from local farms, we make a statement that we are investing in the work that farmer has done. We are investing in an individual and, often, a sustainable system. We are thanking them, in deed and word, for their time investment, their stewardship, their commitment to a brighter future.
The money spent in the community often stays in the community creating an economic ripple that keeps prosperity within the community.
Pillar #4: Community
How we eat, each bite we choose, determines our community. The food we share with others, how we choose that food and how we honor the source of our food can either grow a community or add to isolation.
Producing food together, breaking bread together, grows communities. It grows our sense of responsibility toward one another on a person-to-person as well as a global level.
You might not know how to how to find real food. Thankfully, many people have blazed the trail and have offered resources to you. Below, you’ll find a few simple ways to get started on the path to real food, abundant living, vibrant health and producing your own food.
You have the power within you! Thank you for making the choices today to change your food to change the world.
✓ Cheerfully Imperfect: Get Started With Real Food
✓ Oh Lardy: 10 Ways to Start Incorporating Real Food Into Your Life
✓ Oh Lardy: Getting Started With Real Food
✓ Oh Lardy: Head First Into Real Food
✓ Coaching to Serve: Confessions of a Real Food Newb
✓ The Darling Bakers: Do It Anyway
✓ Our Small Hours: Start Somewhere
✓ Our Small Hours: Health and Perfectionism
✓ Life by Jeanie: Little Steps to a Healthier You
✓ Popular Paleo: Free Downloads
✓ Like a Normal Person: From Fritos to Chard
✓ Like a Normal Person: Cooking for Life
✓ The Sweet Plantain: 5 Simple Ways to Jumpstart Your Health
*beyond organic: not certified organic but using organic practices
Wherever you are in your personal journey toward clean living and local food, thank you for joining me in mine. I look forward to sharing it with you.