Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Mark your calendars for Labor Day, September 7th

For any of us who have ever grown our own food (which, if you're reading this blog, is probably all of you), the term "Industrial Agriculture" is an oxymoron. Pick up a Michael Pollan book or see the recently released "Food Inc." and you'll be made abundantly clear as to just how ridiculous it is to pair industry with food.  Unfortunately, industrial food is exactly what most of our country eats: it's available and it's cheap.  It's also why, I imagine, the Federal Government funds a mere $2.57 per child in the School Lunch Program.  I mean honestly- what are kids eating at that price? The answer of course is fast food: high fat, high salt, high sugar, low nutrition.

In September, the Child Nutrition Act is coming up for renewal and it's a great opportunity for us to let our politicians know that kids deserve a better meal.  Slow Food USA thinks so too and they are launching their first National Campaign to change this policy and to request Capital Hill to add $1 per child to the current budget.  Called the Time for Lunch Campaign, read about it here, they are calling for a day of "Eat-In's" across the country on Labor Day.  The concept is simple (think back to the Sit-In's and Be-In's of the '60's) they're basically asking people to show up, at a given place at a given time on September 7th, with food to share. That simple.  Of course it does require a little behind the scenes organization and that's where I come in and where you come in.

I am working with a group of inspired and inspiring women to organize a Mill Valley Eat-In on Labor Day from 3-5pm.  Those of you who live in town, or out of town for that matter,- please put that date and time on your calendars! But to all of you who join us in other locations I would love to see this happen in your communities too.  It would be great for all of our MOGP groups to organize around this event, after all we all believe in healthy, locally produced food, right?  All you need to do is register your event on the Slow Food website where you will find all the information you need to know.  In addition, I was fortunate enough to attend a meeting last weekend with Alice Waters and the Board of Directors of Slow Food USA, so I'm also happy to try to answer any questions you might have (contact@opengardenproject.org).

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