As the damage in Florida from Hurricane Irma is being accessed, Texas is still cleaning up from Hurricane Harvey, Mexico is digging out from the earthquake, and fires are raging out of control in Oregon, we are watching the path of Hurricane Jose in the Atlantic, to see if it is coming to the east coast. This is the new normal, extreme weather conditions, partly as a result of the ocean being only 1 degree warmer. Can you imagine what will happen when it is 2 or 3 degrees warmer? We need to address Global Warming, and we need to address it now! Did you know that our Industrial Food System contributes more to global warming than any other industry? It’s true, if you look at all of the aspects of it, from planting, growing, fertilizing, harvesting, transporting, storing, factory farming, animal waste, etc.
We are dealing with a global crisis , and as Americans, who consume one third of the planets natural resources, we need to move away from our industrial food system and embrace a regenerative agricultural system that supports the land, the environmental, farmers, and social justice. According to food activist Vandana Shiva, “Regenerative agriculture provides answers to the soil crisis, the food crisis, the health crisis, the climate crisis, and the crisis of democracy.” It’s time for us to build a coalition of grassroots organizations, and push this agenda through Washington, even if the White House is against it!
My guest this week on the Progressive Radio Network is Jodie Lindsay Popma, founder of Smart Food Made Simple, a nutritional consultancy focused on teaching parents that food is an extremely powerful tool. Jodie works directly with families, school districts and community organizations to design affordable healthy meal plans that children will love. As a recipient of Project Produce: a Fruit and Veggie Grant for Schools from the Chef Ann Foundation, Jodie has been able to introduce a new fresh fruit or veggie to over 900 students each month during the 2015-2016 and 2016-2017 school years. She also teaches cooking and nutrition courses at the Family Garden, a non-profit parenting center in Longmont, CO, as well as the Boulder County Farmers’ Market and preschool and middle school students at Flagstaff Academy. I met Jodie at the Slow Food Nations event this summer, and I am very excited to have her as a guest. Please join me on Thursday to learn more about Smart Food Made Simple, and the tools that can improve your family’s diet.
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