Hi, Krista. There was much to appreciate in the dialog with Dan Barber. Forgive me not reflecting on such while I offer points at which my appreciation waned. If I'm raising issues covered in the last 10 minutes of the broadcast, I apologize. I'm a pastor/choir-director an duty called me away from the radio about then. While Barber was reflecting on the elite-ness of the local food movement, I heard no recognition of the urban agriculture movement that is providing affordable fresh food in America's "food deserts". Barber's work seems not depend on touching the needs of communities of poverty and he even makes a case for a kind of trickle-down development of good ideas by elites becoming useful for others. If that's his world, well and good. I found myself wanting to hear, from Dan or from Krista, recognition that it's not only the world's elites who are rocking the food world's assumptions and consumptions. Folks without access to an idyll ic Rockefeller-funded piece of Catskills are producing a "good food revolution" in places like Milwaukee, Chicago, and Detroit. While there are many visionary voices in this movement, Will Allen and his organization, Growing Power, http://www.growingpower.org/ have rightfully been recognized by the MacArthur Foundation for the genius of seeing the power in simple things--compost, worms, and aquaponics--to transform the ability of local communities to feed themselves affordably and nutritionally. He transforms asphalt parking lots and "brown fields" into luscious sources of healthy food. Will's work is truly inspiring a movement. In Milwaukee, Sweet Water Organic Farm (http://sweetwater-organic.com/blog/) has repurposed a disused industrial space to become a viable source of good food. In a similar locally-focused project, Denver's Five Points neighborhood has given birth to The GrowHaus, http://www.thegrowhaus.com/, and it's beginning to bring affordable food to a neighborhoo d that needs it.) The list could go on. The point is that empowered people are finding simple technology and using it to provide good food in former "food deserts". So, this email is both a critique and a program suggestion. Please, if you've not yet done so, take a look at Growing Power and Will Allen as a way to balance the tone of the conversation established by the dialog with Dan Barber. The Good Food revolution is not just for those able to pay for pricey food in rarified places.
I thought I'd also pass on the following link that makes the point more graphically. http://www.wbez.org/episode-segments/altgeld-gardens-community-gets-urba... Here are empowered people in the middle of a "food desert" taking responsibility for providing good food to fill their needs. Local. Organic. And, yes, even carrots. And, not at a premium price to appeal to elite pocket books.
Peace. Rev. Jeremy McLeod 248-635-4970
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