“The fight is never about grapes or lettuce…”

This episode of The Perennial Plate is highlighting the devastating tomato crop and picking demands not found in other countries but situated 1,466 miles from this very blog post, in Immokalee, Florida. Lupe Gonzalo speaks with the Perennial Plate to illustrate the life she left Guatemala for…

How is the American society conducting such harsh conditions to the Mexican workers that come here only to have a better life? Their conditions in Mexico force them to a country that strives itself on having freedoms and rights for all citizens. The idea of citizens is neglecting immigrants like Lupe. The heart retching side of this story is that the farms need these workers to grow their immaculately similar and oversized produce.

The farm needs to appreciate their workers and the mass, MASS production of produce needs to decrease. In an ideal world this would solve our issues. The United States is nowhere near a food shortage, however with the copious amounts of food waste that day may approach us and change things for the better… unfortunately.

Watch the video, spread the world and help support good, clean, fair food that follows sustainable farming practices that are fair for the animal and picker.

Bon appetit.

Food advocacy in the Twitterverse

Combining the communicative aspects of new media and social interactions along with food advocacy allows me to compose the ultimate blog post. This post is an effort to illustrate the strategic uses in the Twitter sphere promoting food justice and transparency through the sharing of information. My experience with food establishments in Madison, Wisconsin along with taste buds that demand good, clean, fair food allows me to explore food that enriches our culture and can reverse the detrimental effects of fast food establishments. In order to have a balanced and thriving culture in America, it is my strong belief that we need to first correct the food system. Below are some tweets that highlight people’s appreciation of political leaders work toward a better food system. (The articles are linked to the images for further reading).

      

The Twitter sphere is a unique corner of society that is bringing similar ideas together and allowing the knowledge and experience to spread across a vast range of audiences.

The amount of people “forced” to consume low quality food because of the affordability is outstanding and gives corporate giants the power to manipulate the food system. Organic, local and wholesome foods should not be associated with a price tag that deters many consumers. All should have the ability and opportunity to feed themselves along with their families, friends and neighbors the good, clean, fair food that is supported by the Slow Food movement. Food transparency is one place to start and a way for food establishments to take responsibility and help shape the current food system. Consumers need to follow suit by taking action to understand what food really is.

       

Furthermore people consume what they do because it is what has been instilled since the first bite of Gerber baby food. The following images illustrate today’s food system and represent how it is easy for one to be confused based on nationally distributed material. Is it time to work to offer a new set of fundamental ideals around food?

      

Bon appetit with a sense of awareness.

Gud food with a side of localism.

Hello all,

It has been quite some time since I have shared my latest meals with you, I am not sure if an apology is in order or a dundundun, I’m back, is. Either way I thought I would share a little bit of knowledge with you so that y’all can have your honeybee fix!

This semester has taken a toll on the blogosphere because of two lovely internships that came my way. One is with the ever growing Slow Food UW. This is a student organization that is associated with the greater international Slow Food movement. You can explore what Slow Food UW is doing through its Facebook Group, Twitter handle @slowfooduw, or website. If you like gud food, you will most definitely enjoy what Slow Food UW is doing. The most popular events are their Family Dinner Nights as well as the Wednesday Cafe’s. The Family Dinner Nights or FDNs are every Monday at 6:30pm for only 5$. Slow Food UW takes this opportunity to share the ideas that local food can be gud and affordable. The Wednesday Cafe is open from 11:30am-2:00pm each week and goes along the same lines as the FDN. Slow Food UW strives to promote good, clean, fair food that benefits society, the environment and our bodies. All Slow Food UW events are held on the corner of (1127) University avenue and Charter, in the basement of the Crossing.

Next up is Nostrano. This restaurant, located on the Capital Square, is a year old and thriving, as well as dishing out the importance of localism. Tim and Elizabeth Dahl, the face of Nostrano, left their well-established restaurants in Chicago to create a well adorned hot spot here in Madison. As you will see when you enter their website, Nostrano quite literally translates as ‘local’. Tim and Elizabeth support the restaurant with produce from their own farm and other ingredients traveling all the way from the Dane County Farmer’s Market, aka across the street. Tim is also becoming well versed with the ropes of social media so make sure to check out the Facebook page and Tweets, @nostranomadison.

Cheers to local being oh so tasty, and afforadable!!

Bon appetit.

Bon Appetit with a Brita.

My older sister works on the Brita account for a PR firm, so I naturally have my own Filter for Good water bottle along with my very own Brita Water Filter.  With the new year still new, one of my resolutions has been to drink more water, in an effort to do so I had to unfortunately dust off my neglected Brita filter.

I am so glad I did this because surprise surprise a friend pointed out that Madison’s water levels are nearing a little bit on the danger side. In an effort to try and explain to all my friends why it is an absolute must to use the Brita, I found this article. . .

http://www.nbc15.com/home/headlines/Madison_Water_Utility_

Statement_on_Hexavalent_Chromium_112206514.html

Hopefully you will find it helpful and decide to bon appetit with a Brita.