Politics and the Dinner Table

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Tonight I had the wonderful pleasure to hear Navina Khanna (Director, HEAL Food Alliance; Plate of the Union), Nina F. Ichikawa (Policy Director, Berkeley Food Institute),
Michael Dimock (President, Roots of Change), and Anna Lappé (author and founder of Real Food Media) on an incredible panel discussing the future of food and food policy under the new administration.

In general all expressed concern about the significant cutbacks on the farm bill (under which the SNAP Program gets funded – SNAP offers nutrition assistance to millions of eligible, low-income individuals and families and provides economic benefits to communities), public school lunch programs, the future of farm workers, in edition to a litany of other causes and legislations. Although the systematic reversal of progress made under the Obama administration would take years to undo the situation is dire.

-Divya Pahwa


What’s gone wrong with food?

Here’s a simplistic analysis of the current food system: conventional farming and mono-culture organic farming produces fruits, vegetables, and grains that lack the complex flavour of fruits and vegetables. Not to mention depleting our soil. Consequently, they’re also lacking in their nutrient profile. The food that comes out of this system is anemic and malnourished in turn leaving the people that eat it malnourished.

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Rates of obesity and chronic disease are on the rise and we’re becoming more aware of diet related illnesses. Something is wrong with our food system.

-Divya Pahwa


Organic Rainbow Chard

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I’ve been getting copious amounts of organic rainbow chard in my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) box every other week. I remove the ribs, roll up the leaves, thinly slice the roll, chop the ribs, and fry it in butter and garlic until the green becomes bright.

Chard is in season in California and a nutritional powerhouse. Full of magnesium – I find that I crave magnesium and potassium rich foods as the weather starts to get cooler.

Everyone who eats some always “feels so good” after. Yummmm!

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