This morning as we’re getting ready for church, Sam comes bounding up the stairs nearly giddy with excitement over a new movie that’s coming out this spring called FRESH (<—–CLICK on the name to see the official website and to watch the trailers). The movie is a happier spin-off of Food, Inc., and after watching the previews I’m so excited for it to come out.
In the past eighteen months, both Sam and I have radically changed our way of thinking in regard to the food we eat and grow. When we moved to Georgia in 2008 we began vegetable gardening as a way to fill Sam’s sleddog void, and for something for me to do during my days at home. With our first plateful of truly vine-ripened tomatoes back in 2008 we were hooked, and decided we wanted to try and grow all our own fresh produce. That began a three-year plan to become completely vegetable and fruit self-sufficient.
However, in the last year or so, we’ve become increasingly and alarmingly aware of the dangers of the rest of the foods we regularly consume. Things like “healthy” eggs, skim and 1% milk, “trans-free” margarine, “diet” sodas and “vitamin water” mix-ins, “whole wheat” pastas and breads, “low-fat” fruited yogurts and ice creams, etc. As we began reading labels and considering how chemically, sugar, sodium, and MSG packed our diets had become (even in the foods we’ve been led to believe were healthy for us) we began to understand our various health ailments – things like slow weight loss (and in most cases weight gain), heart palpitations, kidney problems, muscle aches, migraines, water retention and bloating, and a variety of other issues I won’t bore you with. Suffice it to say, that Food, Inc. opened our minds and eyes to what we should have seen all along, and yet didn’t because it has been elaborately veiled from us by those who stand to make the most money off of what we’re eating.
The bottom line for us is, we’re taking control. We’re fighting back. No longer are we content to sit back and just shrug our shoulders in defeat. God created this brilliant ball of green-space just for us, His creation. And, not only did he entrust us with this magnificent rock, but He even gave us a manual for living, eating, and caring for it (we like to call it the Bible). So we will rake and hoe the soil. We will plant seeds and trees and care for them. We will harvest and preserve and pickle until our fingers are green and wrinkled. We will grow our own rabbits, chickens, and beef, and we will eat it all. We will hunt more. We will make our own butter, cheese, yogurt, sour cream, cream cheese, cottage cheese, clotted cream, and other dairy products. We will grow our own grains and we will grind them and make our own breads and cakes. And we are going to become beekeepers as well. And we will do it all (or as much as possible) without hormones, steroids, chemical fertilizers and pesticides, and in God’s timing, not our own. We have determined to live our life as stewards of God’s creation, not manipulators of it. I hope you’ll consider joining the revolution too.