Today’s Thoughts

My heart goes out to the people of Japan as I try to understand how people survive a tragedy of this unfathomable proportion…

Listening to the national news is not my favorite thing to do…although I sometimes catch up with the latest on NPR or on the internet. Lately, I’ve been thinking about the impact that the Japanese disaster will make on the whole world.

Will the trickledown effect somehow reach us here in WV with what is available to us as in products and foods available? There was an interview with a Japanese fish supplier who said that it will be 3 years before the fishing is reestablished after the tsunami. As a buyer of food from large suppliers for the restaurant, I read labels on all our food we receive. It comes from all over the world (produce and fish especially). I am often amazed at the different places it comes from. As much as I try to us “local” products (in the summer mostly), it is often hard to have them readily available to us, especially in the winter. Living rurally also poses challenges to obtaining the best quality foods available.

The Japanese have a lot more to worry about whether their food will be safe to eat or not.

Anyone want to share your thoughts on this broad issue?

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One Response to Today’s Thoughts

  1. Bilge Rat says:

    Food, culture, energy use, climate change…all of these things are integrally bound up. I read somewhere that when Chernobyl happened nearly all of the farms in the surrounding area died out entirely…except the few pockets of Biodynamic/French Intensive farms; the ones that don’t use synthetic fertilizers or pesticides and instead rely on the cycles of nature by creating nutriment dense compost and growing plants in raised beds that have been “double dug” with a spading fork (*not* a shovel, that’s a great way to guillotine the friendly worms that aerate and enhance our soil).

    I am rambling a bit…Point being that natural systems have been shown to be essentially healthier and more vibrant than there mono-crop GM brethren. We all want to thrive, and connecting with local farmers is the healthiest thing a person can do to live a long and healthy life…oh yeah, and not add to messing up our soil, air, water, lives (the things that really matter.)

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