Dorothy and her friends walked down the yellow brick road, quite fearful, chanting, “Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my!” They were afraid of everything … a rustling leaf, a random woodsy sound, you name it. Turned out there were no tigers and bears. And the lion was merely a pussycat.
Many of us in the greenie / foodie / frugal movement have a goal to improve our lives. It’s about moving towards the positive. Healthier food, healthier lives, more happiness – those are our priorities. So why do so many bloggers and green foodies screech the same chorus of “Lions and tigers and bears. Oh my!”??
Yes, we need to get the yoga mats out of our bread and we need to label GMOs. These are items that point towards positive living. But can we do it in the spirit of the movement? In a positive way that creates collaboration instead of animosity?
We at True Food Movement say yes. Let’s embrace the spirit of living well in both our politics as well as what’s on our plates.
But there are meanies out there.
Yes, there are big, hairy monsters with deep pockets, political connections, and a fleet of lawyers and spin doctors. That’s what we’re combating daily. We will always be up against them. Gandhi, Mother Teresa, and Martin Luther King, Jr. had to face meanies too. They found a way to stay positive and affect real change. So can we.
My breaking point was a recent post in my Facebook stream that was essentially yelling at Moms for feeding their infants processed baby food. It shouted:
“Hey, don’t feed this to your kid! Who knows what could happen to them?”
The attack, directed at sleep-deprived, barely-holding-it-together parents, was just so out of line that I had to speak up. “Why attack the parents?” I asked. “Can’t we focus on the food manufacturers instead?”
And it’s not about shaming the food manufacturers into change. That’s a great way to piss off all those lawyers and spin masters that can outspend us into oblivion. How about we try to partner with them? Show them there’s a better way and that we’ll buy their improved products? If they say no, we can always vote with our wallets by choosing another option.
What True Food Movement is About
Our blog is a recipe of wholesome food, frugal tips, a dash of food news and politics, and a healthy seasoning of humor. We believe in Michael Pollan’s mantra of “Eat real food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
We believe in scratch cooking and connecting with the providers of our food. Farmers, bakers, butchers, and chefs all have a lot to teach us. We also work with food manufacturers, but selectively; smaller producers who care about the quality of their products. People creating food they serve their own families.
We believe in the joy of food
The thrill of a new dish cooked to perfection. Joy in the pleasure of sharing a meal with those you love or laughter spilling off the kitchen table over a simple dish. It’s unwinding from a long day over a cutting board and a glass of wine. Sampling new cuisine in a strange land. There are so many ways to experience happiness with our food. Let’s move towards that.
Where the lions are pussycats
There are real threats to our food supply. We, like the Lion, need to find our courage and lead the revolution for healthier food. But we can also have a lot of fun while we’re doing it. Would you like to join us? Just check back here regularly. And if you’d like your voice to be heard, leave a comment on a post or vote in the poll on our homepage. We very much want you to be part of our journey.