We have decided to start a year long food project where we eat only food which has not been genetically modified, only meat & dairy that has been ethically raised & produced. Actually, all of our food needs to have been ethically produced at every stage. When we first started talking about this project, I thought we'd have to generate our own list of rules. I was very happy to find Michael Pollan's Food Rules.
Tonight over dinner, we talked about what it would mean to follow these rules for one year. Pollan describes them as guidelines, but we are going to try to treat them more like rules. Kate is not happy about the "Don't eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk." rule. I pointed out that she likes oatmeal and pancakes. She agreed but she also likes cereal that changes the color of the milk. Berl is not excited about the "mostly plants" theme of the what do I eat section. The three of us are difficult, picky eaters who, I hope, will learn to like foods we have previously overlooked/ignored/avoided and foods we've never tried before. We are all thankful for the "Eat all the junk food you want as long as you make it yourself" rule. The hardest part will be getting us going on the project. With my work schedule and their lack of enthusiasm, it will be a slow start. These changes are long coming in our family, there can't be any downside to trying to eat in a more sustainable way.