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Someone once said that you could solve 95% of the world’s problems if you addressed the issues surrounding food. As I thought about this statement, I began to see all of the aspects of our life that food touches. I thought about greenhouse gas emissions, environmental degradation and pollution, waste issues, obesity, stress, degenerative diseases, poverty and loss of access to land and water in developing countries, genetically modified organisms, corporate control - the list just kept on getting bigger. Food really does influence so much and the ways in which we set up our systems of food production governs much of the way that our society, and the societies that we trade with, function. So, it would follow that if we changed our relationship with food, we could begin to reshape our society and address the problems that we face.

Having worked and raised a family, part of the time as a single parent, I believe that most of us have some pretty finite financial and time limitations on our lives. I would love to write letters to my MP’s, attend political rallies, and install some sort of renewable energy system on my house. But I know that these things are just not realistic, at least not right now. What I do believe I can do is to make choices about the foods that I eat, how they are grown, where they are grown, and how they are packaged. This for me has been my constant activism, along with volunteer work in my community. It feels doable and affordable and important because I very much believe in the power of the consumer. It has been our choices and our lack of understanding of their implications that has created today’s food systems and the products that we see in our stores. Our conscious choices can demand a different kind of food system – one that is ecological, that supports the local community, that does not impoverish others, and that is within our control.

There are so many reasons to buy local foods, to eat seasonally, and to grow some of your own food. But introducing change into one’s day to day life must be relatively easy, convenient, and affordable. In From Seed to Table, I encourage my readers to grow some of their own produce and to purchase local and seasonal foods wherever possible.  I try to focus on growing a small, efficient, and productive garden – one that can feed you and your family and still leave you time to enjoy life. The recipes are simple and quick to prepare, my cooking has evolved from looking at what I have, from being on a limited budget, and from being committed to eating organic foods as much as possible.

Growing a garden is fun and there is a great deal of satisfaction in bringing something ‘from seed to table’.  Local food initiatives are growing by leaps and bounds – many of them are exciting and offer positive hope for real change. While it is important to be aware of what the issues are, I really believe that when we do  something that is positive, we  feed our souls and contribute to our communities.