It’s been an incredibly significant week in the history of the world.
And at first it seemed slightly surreal to blog about vegetable recipes in the midst of it all!
Yet strangely, how to feed ourselves is one of the most critical topics on the current political agenda. And not just in the USA.
In this month’s “Dis-Patch from the Veg-Patch” section of our newsletter, we talked not only about our own efforts to grow food in the back garden, but also spoke for a second time about the Eat the View campaign to persuade the new President to convert the White House lawn into a “Victory Garden” designed to inspire others to do the same. Less food miles so less petrol (oil) and less carbon emissions, less pesticides (oil again), less global warming, improved health, lower healthcare costs …
The resounding message right now is not just that “we are what we eat”, but that “we are how we grow and buy what we eat”.
Over on AboutMyPlanet, there is a timely reminder from Craig Baird that if we are going to change how we grow, we’d better do it soon. A reminder that the way we grow – and shop for – food now will have a direct impact on whether we’ll be able to grow food at all in the future. According to some estimates, in only 91 years, one in two people will be going hungry because of the effects of rising temperatures both on crop yields and on how much water falls to fill supplies.
Barack Obama invited Americans to “seize gladly” the opportunities to meet our duties to the planet and the people on it. Whether or not you’re American, if you’re already committed to personal changes designed to preserve and sustain our life on earth, keep going! Is there any more can you do? Who else can you inspire?
And if you’re at the beginning of this journey and are not sure where to start … how about starting your own Victory Garden? Or reducing your household waste just like Mrs Green and so many of the residents of Gloucestershire this week?
And (of course!) how about moving away from eating oil disguised as asparagus flown in from Peru, and moving toward simply buying, cooking and savouring the flavours of what’s in season where you are?