I love Thanksgiving! And I’ll readily admit that what I love most about it is the food. That’s not to say that I don’t love having my family together. I could easily have said that’s what I love most as well. For me, food = family and family = food. Kinda like love and marriage — you can’t have one without the other. 😉 And both family and food are what makes this day special.
Jim Hightower recently wrote, “Although agriculture has forestalled the total takeover of our food by crass agribusiness, the corporate powers and their political hirelings continue to press for the elimination of the food rebels and ultimately to impose the Butzian vision of complete corporatization. This is one of the most important populist struggles occurring in our society. It’s literally a fight for control of our dinner, and it certainly deserves a major focus as you sit down to your Thanksgiving dinner this year.”
Knowledge is power. Cliche, but true. In the spirit of becoming more educated consumers who can regain control of what’s on our dinner tables, I’m sharing three opportunities with you that I recently came across. I truly believe these deserve some of your family’s time this Thanksgiving. So after you and your family have gathered around the Thanksgiving table and enjoyed a delicious meal together, gather around a computer and check these out. You’ll be nothing short of inspired!
1. “American Meat” — the film.
You can watch “American Meat” for FREE this week only! One of the farmers featured in the film is Joel Salatin, of Polyface Farms — one of the very first local farm (meat, dairy, eggs, etc.) co-ops we joined back in 2002. You’ll be nothing short of inspired after watching this! “Beginning with a history of our current industrial system, the feedlots and confinement operations are unveiled, not through hidden cameras, but through the eyes of the farmers who live and work there. From there, the story shifts to Polyface Farms, where the Salatin family has developed an alternative agricultural model based on rotational grazing and local distribution. Nationwide, a local-food movement of farmers, chefs, and everyday people has taken root.” — American Meat
What do Dr. Joe Mercola and Joel Salatin have in common? LOTS! But one thing they DO NOT agree on is federally-mandated labeling of GMO food. At this year’s annual Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense FundRAISER, Dr. Joseph Mercola debated Joel Salatin on that exact topic.
If you haven’t yet heard of the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (or FTCLDF), allow me to introduce you. 🙂 When we joined Polyface’s co-op in 2002, dear homeschooling friends of ours — Taaron and Todd Meikle — were members , too. We’d already become good friends via our homeschooling activities and circles and seeing each other at our local farm drop allowed us to chat more often about food issues. Fast forward to 2007 when Taaron co-founded (along with Sally Fallon Morell, president of the Weston A. Price Foundation and author of Nourishing Traditions and Eat Fat, Lose Fat) the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund. The FTCLDF “protects the rights of the nation’s family farms, artisan food producers, consumers and affiliate communities to engage in direct commerce free of harassment by federal, state and local government interference; it protects the rights of farmers and artisanal producers to make their products available and the rights of consumers to access the foods of their choice from the source of their choice.” A very worthwhile cause, indeed! I’m a member and I STRONGLY encourage you to become a member! Watch the Joe vs. Joel debate and poke around at the FTCLDF’s website and you’ll quickly realize that the power to determine the future of our world’s agriculture is indeed in our hands — but only if we work proactively to keep it there! Talk about empowering!
3. The Ancestral Food Summit
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Speaking of the FTCLDF . . . it’s a 501(c)4 organization. That means it’s a non-profit. It’s about as grassroots (pun intended, lol!) an organization as can be and receives no government funding and little or no corporate funding. Its main sources of funding are membership fees, individual donations, and grants from its sister organization, the Farm-to-Consumer Foundation. The annual FundRAISER I mentioned above is always an exciting event, especially because it involves Polyface Farms! And now, the Ancestral Food Summit is helping the FTCLDF cause!
So what’s the Ancestral Food Summit? It’s an online conference you can attend any time, anywhere, and watch at your own pace. It’s an affordable way to attend a conference — no scheduling vacation hours at work, flying across the country, paying for a hotel, buying outside meals, and so on. The absolute BEST part of the Summit? They’re donating half of their profits to the FTCLDF!
But what’s in it for you? You get 11.5 hours of education by thirteen experts — click on the video at the top of this post for a helpful preview. To give you an even better idea of how much you can benefit, here’s a partial list of what you’ll learn:
- What most people are doing wrong when they exercise
- How to overcome the biggest challenges to getting fit
- The optimal carbohydrate intake amount and optimal sources
- The multiple circadian rhythms in the body and how to reset them
- Biggest challenges faced by people who are already ancestral eating
- Fat soluble vitamins and bioavailability of various sources
- The optimal dietary protocol for dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorders and how it differs from the paleo template
- The most important and most dangerous supplements
- The biggest issues, challenges, and best ways to succeed in paleo parenting
- Misconceptions about cholesterol
- The advantages and importance of playing over “working out”
- Changing mainstream medicine
- Why paleo works
- The biochemistry of paleo
Hands-down, there’s no better way to support the FTCLDF’s work — you get these amazing resources and the FTCDLF gets financial support so critically needed to do its work for us all. It’s a win-win! (My, I’m laying on those cliches nice and thick today, huh?) So go on ahead and sign up so you can ‘attend’ at your convenience! 🙂
I hope to ‘see’ you at The Summit! In the meantime, from our family to yours — may you have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, food, fun, and beautiful memories!