My intention is to present helpful information around a variety of topics from Green Living, Cooking, Organic Food, Sustainable Agriculture, along with the policy and politics that these categories tend to swim. You’ll even find a few postings that touch upon some of life’s philosophical quesitons. Feel free to suggest topics or add comments (I take offense to nothing). As always I’m open to ideas. Enjoy.
Apartheid. Apartheid. Apartheid. There. I said it. It’s time to say it. It’s time for all of us to stop fearing this word. I received a small taste while participating in On The Ground’s Run Across Palestine in February of 2012. It’s bitter. The goal was to run across the West Bank, donate and plant [...]
Since returning from Ethiopia, I’ve been swamped with re-entry projects. Getting the remaining Ethiopian school projects off the ground along with getting caught up here at Food For Thought have been eating up the hours. So there’s been little time to do any writing since my return. Fortunately for me, Chris Treter of Higher Grounds [...]
Never has Margaret Mead’s famous quote, “Never underestimate the power of a small, dedicated group of people to change the world; indeed, that is the only thing that ever has” been so accurately demonstrated in my life than in what a group of northern Michigan volunteers are doing with the project Run Across Ethiopia. It [...]
As the founder of a company that has a reputation for it’s commitment to local and sustainable food, it’s no surprise that I’m often asked, “Why are you working on a project in Ethiopia when we have so much need here in our local community?” It’s a fair question. There’s no doubt we have needs [...]
Local food is hot. As we continue discovering evidence of all the social, environmental and economic benefits of eating local, the phenomenon becomes less of a debate and more of a movement. For instance, it seems that almost every day I hear of more and more people who are adopting the 100-mile diet approach to [...]
I’ll be a judge at the World Mustard Competition in Mt. Horeb, Wisconsin on January 31st. The winners in 19 categories, from Sweet Hot to Classic Dijon, will receive awards at The Awards at Black Stallion Winery in Napa on March 13. The Competition garnered more than 300 entries from seven countries in 2008.
Timothy Young talks about organics, Fair Trade and the philosophical foundation of Food For Thought as a guest on Come to the Table hosted by Stephen Stewart on WJR in Detroit.
As we move through life, many of us touch other people in little ways that, unknown to us, have a truly profound impact on their lives. It can go both ways in terms of positive or negative impact, but the point is they are little gestures that are often insignificant and soon forgotten by the [...]
While speaking on consumer trends in the green economy, I’m often asked what I think of the "corporate takeover" of the organic industry. The questions are often posed in the context that factory-scale farms are compromising the spirit organic or that Wal-Mart, while going green, is could never be truly green. There’s some truth to [...]
Ever ponder the difference between “Fair” Trade and “Free” Trade? They both sound appealing in their own way, but actually couldn’t be more different. Free Trade, and it’s parent, “Globalization,” represent the current trend in global trade whereby companies search the world for the cheapest labor and lowest bar with regards to labor and environmental [...]