Connect with the Source of Your Food (Video)

There are many ways you can take part in creating a better food system. But where do you start? In this clip from Nourish, healthy food advocate Anna Lappé provides a few simple tips that will lead to big changes. How do you connect with the source of your food?

Everyday Steps Make a Difference
Healthy good advocate Anna Lappé is the daughter of Frances Moore Lappe, author of the best-selling book Diet for a Small Planet. An accomplished writer in her own right, Anna wrote Diet for a Hot Planet to expose the connection between industrial agriculture and global warming, and explore climate-friendly alternatives.

She also coauthored Grub: Ideas for an Organic Kitchen with chef Bryant Terry to help people understand and participate in a healthy, sustainable food system. She offers a few suggestions to help us connect with the story of our food:

Next: 5 Ways to Take Part in the Story of Your Food

  • Shop at farmers markets. You’ll meet the faces behind the your food and provide direct support to farmers in your community. Learn more about farmers markets.
  • Visit a farm. There’s no better way to get to know the story of your food than to see where it’s grown. Take a trip to a farm with your family, or visit an urban farm or community garden in your city. Discover other reasons to support local farmers.
  • Buy organic. Look for the organic label, which certifies that no harmful pesticides were used to grow your food. Purchase directly from farmers who use methods that sustain and nourish the soil. Learn more about shopping wisely.
  • Choose Fair Trade. The Fair Trade label ensures that workers in the global food system are treated equitably, while supporting agricultural methods that protect our health and earth for future generations. Learn more about Fair Trade.
  • Get in the kitchen. Know what’s going into your food by cooking for yourself and cooking with others. Find ways to make cooking fun and healthy.

These suggestions are just the beginning. Discover how you can be a catalyst for change in your family, school, and community on the Nourish website.

Discover farmers markets in your area with Local Harvest EWG’s Shopper’s Guide to Pesticides is a useful wallet guide to pesticide-free fruits and vegetables. Check out Anna Lappé and Bryant Terry’s Eat Grub website for hosting a healthy “grub” cooking party.

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monique r.
monique r.4 years ago

What I try to do more than a few years ago is to pay attention to the rhythm of nature and buy and cook fruits and vegetables during the months they are naturally produced.

Eternal Gardener
Eternal Gardener4 years ago

Grow food at home & at school!

caterina caligiuri


Parvez Z.
Parvez Zuberi4 years ago

thanks for nice tips

Valerie G.
Val G.4 years ago

good reminder:)

Jos� Mar�a Olmos Sant

Thanks, noted

Norma V.
Norma Villarreal4 years ago

Good tips.

Marianna B M.


A W.
Angela Weber4 years ago

This message is certainly short and sweet. Great simple ideas. I am sure people would eat A LOT differently if they were more connected with their food and where it came from. If people would have the courage to watch "Meet Your Meat", read information about GMOs and the multi-national corporations that manufacture them, the amount of pesticides and fertilizers sprayed on our food, how much fewer nutrients are in foods today compared to the past because of the rushed way in which it is grown, . . . . What a shame so many people eat things which are not as healthy as they could be for us, the Earth, or the animals that gave their 'lives' for it.

Thanks for the post.

Alicia N.
Alicia N.4 years ago

thank you