A year ago I e-mailed friends with the idea for this blog. I was already bouncing around names, and I wanted input. But none of the names clicked. Then life got busy and paying work took priority. Still, the blog was always there, nagging at me, tempting me, taking shape in my head if not online. And by the time I got rolling in January (guess what my New Year’s resolution was?), something kind of great had started to happen.
Thank Jamie Oliver or Michelle Obama or the movie Food Inc., but people were actually talking about kids and food — about educating kids about food. For someone as obsessed with this topic as I am, this was heady stuff. And a call to action: People were fed up. They were ready to rally. They’d be looking for common ground. Time to get off my duff and blog. So here I am.
Michael Pollan, in his book “In Defense of Food,” writes that we’re entering a post-industrial era of food. For the first time in a generation, it’s possible to give up what’s disparagingly known worldwide as the “western diet” (highly processed, chemicalized food) without having to go off the grid. Thanks to the blossoming organic movement, a resurgence in local agriculture and a growing number of activist eaters, real food — the kind made in nature, not in a lab — is a whole lot easier to find. “Eaters have real choices now,” Pollan writes. “And those choices have real consequences.”
I’ll take that a step further and say that kids have real choices now, too. And it’s our job to help them find their way. Are you with me? Or at least thinking about it? Tell me where you’re at, where you’d like to be and how this blog can help.
Lest you think I’m just all research-y and serious, I’m going to leave you with this brief gem from comedian George Carlin (only mildly expletive). Remember my earlier quest for blog names? Well, one of the contenders was “Blue Food.” I quite liked the irony of naming a blog about real food after a food color that does not exist in nature. But, alas, the nice gentleman who owned the domain accused me of being a shill for General Mills and demanded $5,000 to sell the name. Pass.
Then I found this clip, and, well, it’s all the blue food I need. Enjoy.