As we enter 2012, let’s take a moment to look back at the lessons learned in 2011. I started this blog in June so it’s not a full year, but here are my top ten:
1. Vote with your dollar; if you want to dismantle the current food system, then send a message to corporations by telling them what you are willing to spend your money on
2. Strength in numbers; the green food movement is fragmented and needs to join together to be more powerful
3. There are no easy answers or quick fixes; the issues that go into our food choices are entangled and complex
4. Don’t believe the hype; we can feed the world’s bursting population with wholesome, organic foodstuff produced in sustainable ways
5. The 99%; the imbalance of wealth and resources is not sustainable, collapse and devastation are inevitable…but what will emerge from the ashes?
6. Externalized costs; just because you got your fast food meal under $5, don’t think for a moment that somebody else didn’t pay the cost for your bargain
7. Eat seasonally; yeah…there is nothing else to say!
8. Go Chipotle; if a fast-food joint can locally source its ingredients and use pastured-raised meat; then the rest of the pack should be able to do it, too
9. You can’t trust anyone; there has been so much mislabeling and greenwashing of food products that you should be skeptical of anything not produced right in front of your eyes
10. Sameness will kill us; the move toward monocultures and efficient food-producing systems has put us at risk and has endangered food species