Thursday, January 27, 2011

Bob's Red Mill - An Amazing Local Food Resource

Bob's Red Mill is an example of all the best things that a local business can be. A while back, Bob Moore (the founder) announced that the company was initiating an Employee Stock Ownership Plan, effectively transferring ownership of the company to the employees. While this wasn't a gift to the employees, the Moores are doing something wonderful with some of the proceeds: they are donating five million dollars to Oregon State University to create a program focused on food issues and healthy eating.

Bob's Red Mill makes some really great products. I'm personally addicted to the veggie soup mix and their polenta.

If all businesses acted with the same amount of responsibility towards their employees and to the communities we live in, the world would be a far better place for all of us.

A shout out goes to Isaac Laquedem for posting this story.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Introductions are in Order

My New Year's resolution was to explore my relationship to food.

It seemed like a better resolution to make than the usual "I'm going to lose twenty pounds."

'Cause really, I need to lose something more like forty pounds.

I'm about to be 40. I was raised by parents who grew up during the depression, so food during my childhood was hearty, and I was encouraged to clean my plate. Children starving in China, you know. Sadly, I wasn't encouraged to exercise. I've spent my adulthood trying to figure out how to eat healthy and get exercise, coming at it from a variety of different angles.

It seems like the more I learn, the less I know.

There are so many interpretations and fads about eating that it's hard to know what's right and what's wrong: low-carb, low-fat, paleolithic, atkins, south beach, and on and on. I like Michael Pollan's food rules, because they're so simple. I still struggle, though.

So, this year I am going to read and read and study and come at this from a new angle. And my mantra is "Another day, another chance to be healthy." I'm armed with a membership to the local gym, and a stack of books about local, healthy food and food systems. I'll share what I find and figure out here.

My partner and I plan to have a series of experiments and adventures over the course of the year. We'll tell you more soon.