You can help cook up a Recipe for America!
Buy the Book
First, read the book Recipe for America: Why Our Food System is Broken and What You Can Do to Fix It to get an in-depth understanding of the issues we face in our food system, where we need to go to fix them, and how we can best leverage the current political environment to create change. Recipe for America will be available from all major & many independent bookstores (summer 2009), but you can also purchase an autographed copy directly from the author at her blog.
Stay Informed and Take Action
Sign up for email action alerts or join the Community Food Security Coalition to keep up with current news. They will guide you to contact your representatives and provide you with talking points when important issues come up. Some email action alert lists to consider joining include:
Organic Consumers Association
Food and Water Watch
Food Democracy Now
Union of Concerned Scientists
Share your ideas and experiences about food at La Vida Locavore.
Spread the word about us
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Vote with your fork
You may not be sure if Diebold counted your ballot, but you can be darn sure that every morsel that passes your lips is tracked with barcode data. You vote every time you lift your fork.
What should you vote for? We like the suggestions at sites like Sustainable Table, Eat Well Guide, and Local Harvest. The words to remember are: locally-grown, seasonal, and organic.
Find a way to connect with farmers in your area - via CSAs, U-pick opportunities, or farmers markets. By building relationships locally, you can strengthen your community economically, learn more about your food, and turn eating into something you experience with all five senses.
More informationAZ and CA: Producepedia (web site) A guide to foods grown in California and Arizona.
OR: Seasonal Food Chart (web site)
WA: Harvest Schedule for the Puget Sound Area (web site)