Urban Farming News

Fresh Food for Good Health

Posted in Uncategorized by Urban Farming News on January 7, 2010

I love food. Growing, cooking and above all eating. Who doesn’t? However it’s no secret that many Americans have issues with food. We’re over-weight, consume on average over 200 lbs of sugar a year and just don’t eat enough veggies. Worse, some people don’t even have access to fresh produce! What is going on here?

Michael Pollan, acclaimed food author of In Defense of Food and recent Food Rules made a lovely appearance on the Daily Show on Monday night. I found this to be very interesting with a direct correlation to our goals at Urban Farming. Pollen raises the point that we eat far to many by-products and not enough real food, “the food industry creates patients for the health care industry” Thus, our lack of nutrition tends to create more chronic conditions, leading to more life long dependencies on prescription medications.

This note struck a chord in my heart. At 15 years old, I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis. I control my “chronic condition” with diet, exercise, topical meds and herbal remedies. My family’s rural lifestyle and connection to the earth has everything to do with my holistic approach. Fresh food and good nutrition are essential to life.

This is where gardens come into play. Every person who has access to fresh food is a stride forward. Of course, it’s not really so simple. We can’t dictate what other people will eat or how they will get their food, however we can educate others and share our passion. Just a bit of food for thought.

Check out Michael Pollan’s blog on Huffington Post. Look forward to a review and discussion of Food Rules as well.

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