It’s a paradox: most American citizens have no idea that the US administration is revising its dietary guidelines. In fact, they might not even be familiar with the current recommendations – and even if they are, they’d be hard-pressed to change their eating habits due to these publications. This reality however does not prevent industry organizations and lobbying groups from … Continue reading When Food Guidelines Become Political Battlegrounds
Imagine what I ran into today in a Costa Rican cafeteria… … taking the coconut water craze to the next level! Speaking of the foodieism that is oh-so-perfectly reflected in real-coconut-coconut-water – have you ever wanted to see virtually all big food and ag writers of the USA speak about their passion? Give you reading … Continue reading An Edible Education – Class Is In Session!
Heya! Anybody else excited it’s the weekend? What are your plans? I think I might go to an organic farmer’s market and possibly do a day trip outside of town – and just relax with a book and a giant heap of pineapple (I just bought 3 for $2, a crazy deal!) If you feel … Continue reading Weekend Trifecta of Studies, from Seed Laws to TTIP to Climate Change
As I glance out at the grey German January clouds, pines swaying in the blustering wind outside, I am thinking about being in a different country in a week and on a different continent in a month with a mixture of excitement, anticipation, and anxiety. Of course the unknown is scary, especially for us that love to plan our every step, and there are enough motivational quotes that tell us to “do at least one thing that scares us every day” or that “life starts outside of your comfort zone”. But there is more on my mind than just the prospect of moving to a different country where I know no-one – I’ve done that before, though I was mostly lucky to gather a social network pretty quickly. Rather, it is a certain questioning of how quickly, and many times more, I want to make such a location change. It’s funny to even ask because I’ve always characterized myself as a “world citizen” without strong roots in any particular place, enjoying the here-and-now and the friendships that develop in any particular part of the world. Yet, as my times of being a student come to a close (6 years in which I moved every single year, and lived in 4 different countries), and I’m blessed with the possibility of trying out different careers and different places, I’m starting to realize that the urge for continuity is getting stronger. Of picking up hobbies again, joining clubs with the expectation of being a member for more than one season, and making groups of friends that will not disperse to the four corners of the globe in a few months. It’s a curious affliction of my generation that we have the choice to an international lifestyle and have to consciously weigh the advantages and disadvantages that come with it. I do not mean to discount the privilege of seeing different places and encountering many cultures, but despite our technological possibilities of staying in touch it can be profoundly lonely at times.
Yet, I would venture another observation – that even among us that are staying put for longer than a couple of months, meaningful social connections, and the creation of a community, are not automatic. Here is where I see a lot of optimism and potential in the food movement, particularly the grassroots efforts to build up small-scale farms and their networks of customers through CSAs.
Happy New Year! I hope you had a great party and/or a relaxing night to celebrate the new year, whichever you prefer. Although it does seem like an arbitrary cut in time, the New Year always gives a great opportunity to reflect on the past and focus on the future. Without further ado, here is … Continue reading New Horizons: The 2015 Food Policy Agenda
As I am sitting in a bare-walled apartment, my bags packed and my train ticket for the trip home tomorrow printed out, I have started to reflect back on my time here in Brussels, and I hope to share some of the thoughts and experiences I had soon. But until that time, I have found … Continue reading Global Pre-Christmas Roundup!
Yesterday, as I was closing my computer for the end of the workday, I was convinced (CONVINCED) it was already Friday. Maybe it has something to do with the tradition of Thursday night happy hour in Brussels. Or all the pretty lights that guide you into the weekend… Nevertheless, the weekend is around the corner and … Continue reading Fun Links Friday V!
… as you may have guessed if you clicked through here, I´m celebrating Food Day on Friday, Oct 24, with you despite sitting in Brussels at the moment. Why? Well, first of all, because I love any reason to celebrate with Belgian chocolate (check out this post to learn more about how it’s made and … Continue reading Happy US Food Day (Week) from the Land of Chocolate and Fries!
Wow, has it only been a bit more than a week since I started work? It feels like I’ve always been roaming the streets of Brussels. Today I even got to sneak a peek into the Council of Ministers, woot! Let’s see what has been interesting otherwise in the last little while: – The WWF … Continue reading Fun Links Friday II!
Ok. Before you do anything else or read on – watch this video: How does it make you feel? Like baby carrots are the next cool thing to eat? Like an intense snack that will make you just as hip as the people in the commercial? I was reading an NPR article on grocery stores like Giant Eagle and … Continue reading Extreme Baby Carrots – Will It Work?