Can the Way We Produce Food Also Reverse Climate Change?

This week we participated in a local climate action group discussion of the film Kiss the Earth.

The film is worth watching, and has some good ideas in it. Some of it had me rolling my eyes a little bit, but then again there is also a story of a farmer in North Dakota who read up on Thomas Jefferson’s farming practices to figure out how it was done before all the chemicals came into being …. and that story I found delightful!

A few take-aways:

  1. Our nation needs to change how we do farm subsidies!
  2. Ranching and animals have a place in the cycle (but feedlots do not).
  3. Composting programs are needed and great, and we should work to encourage them.
  4. Groundcover, not naked earth!

If you have time and interest, the film is worth watching. It’s available on Netflix right now. And, whether you have time to watch the film or not, the title is a good reminder to us all to be grateful to the soil. The living soil of this planet is truly a miracle and we wouldn’t be alive without it. Life on land basically boils down to a few feet of miraculous living soil and the fact that it rains. For those things I lift up so much thanks. Let’s take care of the cycle.

Food Thoughts on TED

Yesterday I listened to the TED Radio Hour, which was all about Food. It was an excellent program, and gave plenty of food for thought (sorry, couldn’t resist).

All four of the interviews were fascinating and are worth listening to, but a stand out for me was to find out about Alexis Nikole Nelson aka “The Black Forager”. Her TikTok channel is all about identifying edible weeds and how to prepare and eat them. In her interview, she talked about how foraging had changed her relationship to food, and how she sees us (human eaters) as part of an ecosystem.

And that’s what Movement One of the 12 Movements is all about! How can we change our relationship to food and become more connected to the natural and human systems that bring us our food?

Working Through the First Movement: Food

This month I’m going to be working my way through the first of the 12 Movements of Resiliency , which is Food. We begin with this most basic of human needs for a reason, as it is foundational to our well-being and resiliency. Good, healthy, and sustainable food should be a human right, but unfortunately instead there are people going hungry all around the world.

I was reminded yet again to be grateful for my own food security this week as I unloaded my weekly groceries into the pantry and fridge and flipped on the radio. A story about the climate change-caused famine in Madagascar came on, outlining the dire conditions people are facing there.

Here I am, putting away the $200 of mostly organic food I’ve just purchased at the local Food Co-Op, which will feed my family of four for a week, and aren’t we incredibly lucky to have that? Here, in a wealthy country, we can easily take food for granted. Of course, that’s not true for everyone in this nation of income and resource inequality: an estimated 42 million people in America are food insecure and hungry. So I really want to remember and to be grateful for the blessings of good food that I do receive, as well as reach out compassionately to those without and work to make the whole food system more just and sustainable.

It’s a large and complex issue! Join me here this month as I explore it more. I’ll bring some of the exercises and reflections from the 12 Movements program to this space, as well as other resources, reflections, and ideas.

May we all find greater resiliency, together. Blessings,



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