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6 Ways to Reclaim the Food Chain (Michael Pollan Video)

Reconnecting the Food Chain
As Michael Pollan says, “No matter how industrial and machine-like [a food chain] is in the middle, at either end is a biological system. You’ve got the soil and plants on one end and the human eater on the other.” As an eater, you can reforge links within your food chain in a number of ways:

  • Support sustainable food chains. Seek out food producers that use organic and sustainable farming methods, which work in concert with nature’s biological processes to protect animals and the environment.
  • Shorten the food chain. Go local. Get your food close to the source, directly from local farms at the farmers market or other trusted purveyors.
  • Eat lower on the food chain. It takes more resourcesówater, land, fossil fuelsóto raise animals for meat than it does to grow plants. Decreasing your meat intake can reduce your impact on the environment and your health.
  • Create your own food chain. Connect with your food chain from the ground up by growing your own food, at home or with others in a community garden.
  • Protect the food chain. Pay attention to food policy legislation and issues, such as GMOs and food labeling, and advocate for a safe food system for all.
  • Create healthy food chains. Join or form a local food policy council to increase community food security and create partnerships between local growers, business owners, schools, and institutions.

Compare and contrast local and industrial food systems with these visuals from the Nourish Curriculum Guide. Look for more suggestions on the Nourish website.

Discover recipes and tips for eating lower on the food chain at Meatless Monday. The Community Food Security Coalition offers tools and resources for taking action in your community. For more about food safety, check out the Center for Food Safety.

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3:30PM PDT on Apr 27, 2012


1:41PM PDT on Jul 31, 2011

great article, thanks :)

6:16AM PDT on Jul 16, 2011

Interesting article

9:46AM PDT on Jun 25, 2011

I hope that as the gas costs rise, the high distribution costs of food from far away will become prohibitive and we will be eating local in spite of agribusiness' best interests.

11:16PM PDT on Jun 22, 2011


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3:33PM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

Pollan has the quiet sensibility that only someone who has made this his life's work can hold.

12:15PM PDT on Jun 20, 2011

Noted. Thank you.

5:25PM PDT on Jun 19, 2011


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