Paula and I have been re-reading Omnivore’s Dilemma and re-thinking the food we eat.
This is not a diet thing. And, it is not an environmental thing, exactly.
1. I want to try and reduce my/our consumption of corn; and
2. I want to shorten my/our food chain.
The first take-away is a bit obscure…you really need to read the book. However, I can tell you that I am now seriously thinking about giving up my beloved root-beer — it is little more than water and corn.
The second take away is more straight-forward — a quest for a shorter food chain. And I am not looking for a Whole Foods that is closer to the house.
I am looking for a shorter chain between my stomach and the item grown from the sun (be it a vegetable or the grass that feeds the cow that becomes my steak).
We have been on the shorter food chain regarding vegetables for a while. For about three years now Paula has had us subscribe to Live Earth Farms (LEF), a local CSA. LEF is a wonderful place, managed by a wonderful farmer. He may not be the protagonist of the second section of Michael Pollan’s tome, but in my view, Tom (the farmer behind LEF) is pretty close.
We looked into the next step on our quest for a shorter food chain today — beef. The place we are currently focused on is TO Cattle Company in San Juan Bautista. It looks like we will have to buy a deep freeze for the garage, but that doesn’t seem to be that big of a deal.
If you know anything about TO Cattle Company, a comment on the blog would be nice.
Of course, we are also supporting the Willow Glen Coop initiative and joining Outstanding in the Field on October 8, 2006 in Santa Cruz. While I have high hopes for the October 8th event, I have even higher hopes for the Coop. I suspect that if that Coop gets off the ground, a good many of our “other” hopes could be met as well.