Freeing our food from fossil fuels

In the early 1600s a consortium of Dutch merchants called the VOC (the United East-India Company), colonised the spice islands, now known as Indonesia, mainly for the rich harvest of peppercorn, cloves, cinnamon and other spices. These spices arrived in the North-European diet of potatoes, cabbage and kale like the sudden appearance of Californian sunshine into the grim Dutch winter (nobody has more words for "rain"), and made the merchants who imported them by the shipload fabulously rich. The 10,000 mile diet was born. ...more

What is Ethical Eating?

       This post is from the blog From the Firm to the Farm: Military Lawyer to Sustainable Homesteader in One Year - Maybe.  Please stop by!       I've mentioned Ethical Eating a number of times on this blog, and I wrote about it a good bit over at Cheap Wine and Cookies.  The Ethical Eating phenomenon is spre...more
Really enjoyed reading this post at! I recently looked into the locavore ...more

Don't Call Me Skinny

I am a US American woman – therefore, I have issues with my weight. I believe there are 6 or 7 women in the US who don’t have issues with their weight or body image....more


I'm easing into this whole self-examination thing: For a few years now, I have been increasingly pursuing what I call "ethical eating."  I'm not sure where I came up with the term because it's not something I hear often, so I did what any reasonable person does when curious about something, I Googled it.  Imagine my surprise when I discovered that the Unitarian Universalist Association seems to have coined the term and is running with it!  I must be slack...more

Down to Earth Weekly Earthlinks for May 30

Ethical Eating, part 2: Looking for Answers. from What Would Jesus Eat?: Our tendency to look for magic bullets and instant answers only substitutes one problem for another. Global vegetarianism won't save the world, neither will going totally local. ...more