Food Education and Connection to Family Farms

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I have written before about the importance of eating locally and teaching children about the importance of fresh, local produce. Here is an inspiring story that shows what one person can do for children, for schools, for the environment. It is an interesting success story about what can be done to help schools and farmers work together in improving the nutritional food  of children.

Here is a concern reported by The Telegraph in England: regional tastes are in danger of going extinct as fewer people are able to appreciate the subtleties of flavors in fresh, seasonal products. They go on to report that we’re losing contact with where food comes from – and its distinctive taste.

These are concerns in the US as well. More can, and should, be done to educate young people especially, about proper diets, rich in real locally grown food.

Lee Jackson
Author: Apples, Apples Everywhere – Favorite Recipes From America’s Orchards
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Food Safety – A Growing Concern

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The recent food recall for contaminated eggs points out again the fact we need to be more vigilant about our food supply.

Are our food products, especially animal products, grown under the best conditions conducive to our health and the health of the animals?

We may need to be willing to pay more for free range, antibiotic-free, hormone-free, vaccine-free animals for our food supply. “Pay more and eat less” may need to be our mantra.

Food safety gained a step forward this week, though, when a Federal Judge in California ordered the halt of using genetically modified sugar beet seeds from Monsanto (NYSE:MON) for planting. I understand that now farmers are concerned there will not be enough seed available in the non-genetically modified variety to plant all the acres that would be planted into sugar beets.

This is in itself troubling. Not enough non-genetically modified varieties? Are we reliant on one major company for much of the seed needed?  This is indeed scary.

Your comments, please.

Lee Jackson, CFCS
Home and Family Living
Concerned about the health of our country

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