Where Does Your Food Come From?

2013-10-11-Civil_Eats___Promoting_critical_thought_about_sustainable_agriculture_and_food_systems.pngThere are only a few people who can answer this important question: Where does my food really come from? Only a few will give you a truthful answer that has meaning to your health.

You can check with Michael Pollan, author of Cooked, Food Rules, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and other books of power and truth. You can read Mark Bittman in the New York Times.

Or you can check in with Civil Eats. For the past five years, Civil Eats has been hitting it out of the park when it comes to providing information about where your food comes from, who’s modifying it, who’s honestly labeling it and who really has your interests in mind when it comes to what you put on your table.

Civil Eats is a blog, a labor of love co-founded by Paula Crossfield and Naomi Starkman. They have 30 regular contributors who write about farmers, nutrition, environment and energy, and Big Ag.

San Francisco wine critic Jon Bonne says they’re doing “crucial food journalism” and urges you to help them go pro. How can you do that?

They’ve got a Kickstarter campaign. It’s down to the wire, with just seven days to go, fewer than that as some of you read this.

Bittman of the New York Times is supporting them. Chef Jose Andres wants you to help.

Why the big name supporters? Aren’t there enough people writing about food already?

As the big names themselves will tell you, journalism is in a money crunch and time crunch. Big time newspapers, magazines and tv networks won’t automatically allocate the funds to tell the stories that need to be told about the food you eat. The entertainment-industrial complex has other pans in the fire and food sourcing and honest reporting about ingredients won’t mint advertising dollars for them. So the money and the interest go elsewhere. Let’s fix that. It’s easy. It starts at home, when you open the refrigerator to see what’s for breakfast.

I’ve felt the difference myself when we went all-organic in our house. It makes a difference when you can look your dinner in the eye (or if you’re a vegetarian, look at something else) and really know where it came from. It matters deeply to your health, to the heath of the people who grow food in fields without pesticides, to the health of the planet, when food is sustainably produced. This is big time stuff.

Paula and Naomi of Civil Eats want to pay their contributors, keep building on their strong infrastructure and raise their voices so more people can learn the truth about everyone’s food, who grows it, who processes it, and heart and soul behind it. Is there a bigger truth to be told than the truth of what you eat?

The clock is running out on their Kickstarter campaign. Have look at their video. I did and was inspired.