So the past week’s 30 Ways in 30 Days actions have centered around the holidays and what we can do at this time of year, through small actions, to make the world a better place. I’m not going to list all the week’s actions – you can find them at Take Part’s website – but here are a few of my favorites:
This is one of my favorites, because I am not really into holiday gift-giving. I don’t care for the over-consumption and the excess that comes with holidays, nor do I care for the stress that goes along with people running around buying presents for other people who don’t “need” anything. I prefer to buy something for someone I care about, whenever I see something that I know they would cherish. I also like giving consumables, so this action was perfect. Continue reading
Well, I’ve come to the end of my 30 Day Locavore experiment. If it seemed to last longer than a month, you’re right. I extended this project by a week, because I was out of town one week during its 30 days; and even though I still did some shopping at farmers markets and cooking local in Montreal, I still wanted a full 30 days of doing this experiment at home. The Locavore project ended this past weekend, and this week sees my last two blog posts about it. Stay tuned in a week or so for my new project: 30 Days of only buying things with coupons, daily deals, deep discounts, etc!
My Bokashi compost bin is almost full!
First of all in this wrap-up post, I want to show you my price comparison between farmer’s market foods, two local supermarkets and Greenling. Susan Liebrock of the Sustainable Food Center (which manages several Austin farmer’s markets) challenged me to do this, so here are my findings. Two weeks ago, I visited the downtown farmer’s market and noted prices on the in-season foods for sale there. I then comparison-shopped at two local grocery stores: Whole Foods for high-end, and HEB for typical, as well as Greenling since I have written about them before. Continue reading
As I’ve written before, the organic, eat-local, fresh food “movement” is not new or trendy or hippie. It’s actually very old-fashioned. It’s only been in the last few decades, since the 1950s, that pesticides, chemicals, preservatives, packaged, processed and mass-produced food has come into being – not to mention fast food.
And in that time, something strange has happened. In the space of a couple of generations, as a society we seem to have completely lost touch with where our food comes from, how it’s made, and who’s making it.
This is not natural. And it’s pretty scary. Continue reading