The following posts really caught my attention this week. Which ones resonate with you?
Thoughts on Pollan’s Big Food Movement Essay Grist’s Tom Phillpot evaluates Michael Pollan’s essay in the New York Times Review of Books in light of two questions: where is the broader progressive “movement”? And could the “food movement” galvanize progressives to come to a single table with their varied plates? (Lame metaphor mine, not Tom’s).
Eat Lunch with Your Kid Day No it’s not a real thing, but Ed Bruske (in a post featured on Grist, The Slow Cook and La Vida Locavore) lobbed a soft-ball at the First Lady, proposing she and White House chef Sam Kass, along with parents of all the school kids out there, join the young Future of Our Nation for lunch one day. The photo of a likely entree is revolting.
Can Altruism Help Your Diet? This post meant a lot to me because I know it has been true for me. Writer Sara Reistad-Long discusses a study done by Stanford University researchers indicating that “people were far more likely to make healthier diet choices in order to protect the planet or support a whole foods movement than to improve their own health.” Antidote to cravings for bad foods just might be an understanding of the widespread harm they do – not just to us but to the world around us.
Grist offers a GreenLaundry Challenge (with prizes!) that got me thinking about ways we could reduce laundry costs AND our carbon footprint a little. I found a cool indoor clothesline and outdoor clothesline for people with small spaces. I’m thinking of getting the collapsible outdoor line to take advantage of the 10th-floor breeze on our balcony. At $50, it is roughly the cost of 25 dryer loads of laundry, so I feel that it would pay for itself (at one load per week) before the weather got too cold to use it). If it works, I’ll plant a little container of lavender to scent my drying laundry ala Provence.