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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Speaking of Food...

I ate a lot of deliciousness this weekend. Like, really. Having a friend come to visit is the perfect excuse to seek out new eateries. In addition, I picked up a copy of Edible Portland and I'm a little obsessed about all things food right now.

For example, wouldn't you just want to hug and squeeze Obama a little tighter if he planted a vegetable garden at the White House? These people certainly think so. The premise is that presidents have had gardens in the past... the new president should rally the nation to produce their own food and eat locally. Sign the petition to give Obama a nudge. And this video is too adorable.

And these people over here think we'd all be better off with a healthy food system. I think so too.
Here are the 12 main principles of the Food Declaration:

We believe that the following twelve principles should frame food and agriculture policy, to ensure that it will contribute to the health and wealth of the nation and the world. A healthy food and agriculture policy:
  1. Forms the foundation of secure and prosperous societies, healthy communities, and healthy people.

  2. Provides access to affordable, nutritious food to everyone.

  3. Prevents the exploitation of farmers, workers, and natural resources; the domination of genomes and markets; and the cruel treatment of animals, by any nation, corporation or individual.

  4. Upholds the dignity, safety, and quality of life for all who work to feed us.

  5. Commits resources to teach children the skills and knowledge essential to food production, preparation, nutrition, and enjoyment.

  6. Protects the finite resources of productive soils, fresh water, and biological diversity.

  7. Strives to remove fossil fuel from every link in the food chain and replace it with renewable resources and energy.

  8. Originates from a biological rather than an industrial framework.

  9. Fosters diversity in all its relevant forms: diversity of domestic and wild species; diversity of foods, flavors and traditions; diversity of ownership.

  10. Requires a national dialog concerning technologies used in production, and allows regions to adopt their own respective guidelines on such matters.

  11. Enforces transparency so that citizens know how their food is produced, where it comes from, and what it contains.

  12. Promotes economic structures and supports programs to nurture the development of just and sustainable regional farm and food networks.

If you agree, pop on over and sign this petition. Then tell your friend to tell a friend, you know.

I'll leave you with some photos of my food from the weekend.

Black Bean Cakes
Black Bean Cakes with Mango Salsa from Bread and Ink on Hawthorne. I need to learn how to make these.

Apple, Basil Pesto, and Jack Crepe from Tour de Crepes on Alberta. Unusual yet amazing flavor.

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