Learning about Food

My husband and I have spent the last year learning more about genetically modified foods, eating foods grown locally and in season.  It has been an eye opening adventure.  Here are some of the resources we have enjoyed in this journey:

Farms that inspire us

Polyface Farm ~ Virginia http://www.polyfacefarms.com/
Growing Power ~ Wisconsin http://www.growingpower.org/
Radical Roots Farm ~ Virginia http://www.radicalrootsfarm.com/index.php

Movies:
Fresh the Movie www.freshthemovie.com ** a must see for everyone, better than Food, Inc. **

Food, Inc. ~ similar to Fresh but a little less hopeful and I disagree with the part of fresh fruits and veggies being more expensive than fast food.

King Corn ~ very fun documentary, I love these guys perspective. Really helps us understand exactly how farming has changed in the US what the farmers government subsidies are doing to our foods (our taxes at work).

The Future of Food ~ wonderful movie to understand what GMO foods really are and how they have really not ever been tested correctly for our safety. Exactly how are foods Genetically Modified and what genes are inserted into our foods? Very eye opening. Don’t miss the 2 optional additional interviews

The World According to Monsanto http://www.seedsofdeception.com/GMFree/GMODangers/WorldAccordingtoMonsanto/index.cfm
Read Jeffrey Smith's review of the film The World According to Monsanto
How much outrage can a single multinational corporation inspire? How much damage can they inflict? The breathtaking new film, The World According to Monsanto, features a company that sets the new standard. From Iowa to Paraguay, from England to India, Monsanto is uprooting our food supply and replacing it with their patented genetically engineered creations. And along the way, farmers, communities, and nature become collateral damage... [Read full review
** I think everyone in the US should watch this movie! It is very eye opening. If we don’’ stop this company by not buying their GMO foods the nations food sources will NEVER be the same.

The Polyface Farm DVD c.2001 Joel Salatin

Movies I want to see
http://kellythekitchenkop.com/2009/04/a-real-food-movie-fresh.html
More Real Food movie trailers & posts:
· Food Fight
· Food Matters
· The Meatrix movies
Bad Seed: The Truth About Our Food

Books I have read and learned from:

Holy Cows and Hog Heaven by Joel Salatin * great book about what we can do as consumers to bring about change in the system and make purchasing decisions for ourselves – I have this and you can borrow it (plus You Can Farm and Paturized Poultry Profits for people interested in farming themselves)
Animal Vegetable Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
Square Foot Gardening by Mel Bartholomew
Prescription for Nutritional Healing, 4th Edition - Paperback (Oct. 19, 2006) by Phyllis A. Balch
In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan ** A fantastic book. A very practical and easy way to understand how to make good food choices and develop healthy food habits.
Healthy bread in five minutes a day / Jeff Hertzberg
The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan

Books I want to read
Fresh Food From Small Spaces – R.J. Ruppenthal. “The square inch gardener’s guide to year-round growing, fermenting and sprouting.” Perfect for city dwellers, including those in apartments and condos but this will get anyone thinking about ways to maximize edibles. The author very lightly touches on many subjects, including chickens and bees. It’s a great resource of plant varieties and plant sources. Recommend = Buy.
Four-Season Harvest – Eliot Coleman. “Organic vegetables from your garden all year long.” If he can grow food year round in an unheated greenhouse in Maine then you can in Seattle with plastic row covers, old window panes or nothing at all. This book will take you as far as you want it to. Recommend = Buy.
Ten Acres is Enough by Edmund Morris
Keeping a Family Cow by Joann Grohman
Nutrition and Physical Degeneration by Weston A Price
The GMO Trilogy
Seeds of Deception

Cook Books
Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

MP3’s
Lecture by Joel Salatin at the Center for Christian Study – can listen online
http://www.studycenter.net/JoelSalatin.htm
Holy Cows and Hog Heaven: An Evening with Joel Salatin
Event held on Thursday September 17, 7.30 pm at McLeod Hall Auditorium
at the University of Virginia

Utube Videos
Weston A Price Foundation http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRfnYthqbNk&feature=related
Sallon Fallon DVD Pt 1, 2 & 3 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNu7XeJxV2w&NR=1
Sourdough bread: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1D23yFkNiA

Websites

http://www.sustainableeats.com/why-do-i-bother/

Non-gmo shopping guide: http://www.nongmoshoppingguide.com/SG/Home/index.cfm

Buying non-gmo: http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Public/BuyingNon-GMO/index.cfm

Dairy with no artificial growth hormones in VA: http://www.sustainabletable.org/getinvolved/statepdfs/VA.pdf

GM Foods: Institute for Responsible Technology and FREE Spilling the Beans Newsletter – articles and updates on GM Foods: http://www.responsibletechnology.org/GMFree/EducationalMaterials/NewsletterSpillingTheBeans/index.cfm

Where to buy great foods in your area: http://www.eatwild.com/

Eco Friendly Foods, 3397 Stony Fork Road, Moneta, VA 24121

http://www.ecofriendly.com/

www.uswellnessmeats.com

http://www.polyfacefarms.com/ ~ great farm with buying options in VA

Seeds of Deception website: http://www.seedsofdeception.com/Public/Home/index.cfm

We carry a large number of products to support a whole food lifestyle: http://culturesforhealth.com/splash.php

Ideas for doing organic cheap: http://www.organicthrifty.com/

Vitamins – puritan’s pride

Websites I want to look into:
http://www.freedomyou.com/
cheeseslave

Easy Things to Do to make small changes in the way you eat:
Worm Composting right in your kitchen: http://www.wormcrusader.com/
Local worm seller - Jim Ashley 434-446-9638, jim@wormcrusader.com

Vermi-composting is part of a sustainable life - your trash becomes an all natural fertilizer that feeds you and your family. The worms take the organic wastes and digest them, turning the wastes into an incredibly rich manure that feeds all inhabitants of the soil.

Don’t buy anything with corn or soy in it that is not organic or non-GMO
Don’t buy milk with any artificial growth hormones in it (rBST / rBGH)
Buy hormone free grass fed beef
Buy chicken and eggs from chickens raised on pasture and non GMO feed
Buy local if at all possible
Don’t eat anything with high fructose corn syrup in it
Don’t eat non-fermented soy products (including additives like soy lecithin)
Shop at Whole Foods… many of their 365 brand products are actually cheaper than what you buy at the regular grocery store. Their goal is for their brand to not have any GMOs in them… check it out: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/values/genetically-engineered.php