Archive for October, 2011

Blog Action Day 2011: We Are What We Eat

| October 16, 2011

Classic-PasaloToday is Blog Action Day 2011. It also happens to be World Food Day, a worldwide event designed to increase awareness, understanding and informed, year-around action to alleviate hunger. So, naturally, the fine organizers of Blog Action Day decided that this year’s blog topic would be FOOD.

And, what a topic it is.

If you’ve followed Dig This Jive long enough (and even if you haven’t), you know that I enjoy food. I love to eat it. Smell it. Cook it. Analyze it. Describe it. Share it. Take pictures of it. Oh yes, take lots of pictures of it.

What I don’t like to do with food is throw it away. As I become more aware of the issue of hunger in the US and the world, I realize it’s such a wasteful and, frankly, arrogant act. When I was younger, my mother used to scold me when I didn’t finish the food on my plate, reminding me that there are starving children in the Philippines. Back then, I always wondered why she’d try to guilt me this way, as if me finishing my food would make them full, too, or make them proud of me. Now that I’m older, I get it.

The other thing I don’t like about food is the way the practices of the agricultural industry seem to be getting shadier and shadier. Documentaries like Vanishing Of The Bees and The Botany of Desire raise interesting questions about what the industry is doing to preserve its practices at the risk of harming not just the environment but us as well. For example, if we are what we eat, could we be becoming part Imidacloprid, a systemic insecticide that’s born into the seed of a plant and lives in the plant and its fruit? I’d like to say “I hope not,” but I have a strong suspicion that I’ve already eaten fresh foods grown with these seeds.

So, when a person like Ellen Gustafson not only comes up with an organization like FEED, a group whose mission is to create products that help feed the world, but with a 30-year plan to change our agriculture industry, a plan aimed not only at making healthy food more available (and, thereby, helping reduce risks of obesity and weight-related diseases) but also at making food less contaminated with chemicals, I’m all for it.

I mean, I feel obligated to support it. I love food. I love the environment. I like to live and I’d like you to live as long as you can, too. Considering all of this, shouldn’t we all advocate for healthier, more sustainable and more equitable food growing and distribution systems?

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Get Full On Mira Mesa Mondays

| October 03, 2011

food truck sept-novThere are two things I appreciate about Food Truck Gatherings like the ones that happen weekly in Mira Mesa, San Diego: (a) food trucks I’m interested in are all in one spot, saving me from making the choice to go to either one or the other or the other or the other, and (b) a portion of the proceeds help a good cause.

Each Monday beginning in September 2011 and until the end of November 2011, Epicentre, a program of the San Diego non-profit organization known as Harmonium, has hosted Mira Mesa Mondays. It’s a gathering of up to 10 local food trucks which tonight includes MIHO Gastrotruck and Tabe BBQ among others. Attendance to each Mira Mesa Monday, which takes place from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. across from Mira Mesa High School, is FREE.

What’s special about these gatherings is that each participating food truck has agreed to donate 10% of their proceeds to Epicentre in support of its mission to promote self-sufficiency and well-being in children, youth and adults.

Add the fact that this week’s MIHO Gastrotruck menu includes sweet treats and let the stomach grumbles commence.

(Flyer image from the Epicentre website. Thanks, too, to the San Diego Food Trucks blog for the nudge!)

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