The Latest News on the Farm Bill

5605077990_9b64843e21_n.jpgMy family spent a lovely week at Wrightsville Beach, N.C., last week, where we enjoyed six days of perfect weather and great food. Yes, even in the remote reaches of the Eastern seaboard, there is good food to be enjoyed at a variety of restaurants and people at the grassiest of grass roots who are supporting farmers and promoting locally sourced meats and produce. In fact, if you subscribe to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution newsletter, you know how widely this movement has spread, not just across the country but around the world.

Big Food is continuing to foist unhealthy processed foods upon us with no regard for science or our good health, all because they can and because no governmental agency is authorized to stop them — though The Washington Post reports that the Food and Drug Administration is getting “jittery.”

There has also been positive movement on the Farm Bill. In a state such as Virginia with few major corporate farms but lots of small, family-owned farms, our representatives in Congress do not get a lot of calls, emails, or petitions about the issues being addressed in the Farm Bill. They need to hear from us because they won’t hear from small farmers.The average size of a Virginia farm is around 40 acres, and these farmers are not organized, nor do they have the time or inclination to participate in a process that they see as deaf to their interests.

It was once suggested to me that I organize Virginia farmers just to raise and protect their own interests in the General Assembly. And it is an intriguing idea, except that I connect that concept to the idea of herding cats. But we can help, and you can learn more if you are interested. Here is a Post article with more information.

In other news, read this article about myths and truths regarding antioxidants. It is a good analysis of what these do in and for your body and a good prescription for what you should be eating to take best advantage of antioxidants in nature. When you see all of the good things arriving at the market over the next few weeks, you will know why I encourage you to read this now. It’s always a good time to learn something new about what real food contributes to your real health, but now is the best time to practice what you learn and what I preach.

There is a lot to learn and a lot going on. Who knew what shopping at a farmers’ market could mean for you, your family, and the world?

Photo by Lee Cannon