Eating local has influenced areas of my life beyond food. Take gifts. I’m not a fan of acquiring more stuff, especially if the stuff was made a million miles away. So my mom and I have a new tradition. We take each other out to see plays, hear music and participate in cultural events. This year for my birthday we heard Michael Pollan speak the Mondavi Center at UC Davis. Awesome gift, Mom.
Did you know you are 10 times more likely to have a conversation at a farmers’ market than you are at a grocery store? Or that Americans get 80% of their diet from 4 or 5 plants? By the way, if you guess that two of them are corn and soy, you’re right.
He also noted that we ship sugar cookies to the Danes and the Danes ship sugar cookies to us, and asked wouldn’t it be cheaper if we just swapped recipes?
He was funny, the talk was riveting, and here’s a recap of some of what he said (based on notes I wrote on my program in the dark with a faulty pen).