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trends…it’s what’s for dinner

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Trends … it’s what’s for dinner???

Trending is a concept with new inference lately:  what’s trending is now defined as “news” or fashion that a great number of people seem to be interested in and which is advertised by social media, “news” organizations, etc., so that you too can click the appropriate link to also follow “what’s trending”.

I have, in general, close to zero interest in what might be trending or fashionable.  Ok,  after 32 years of marriage I finally acquiesced to trying a new style in eye glass frames.  I think they are dorky, she thinks they communicate a lively engaged personality.  Mostly they will just get dropped scratched and thrown around like every other pair I’ve had.

And trending “news”?  If it is delivered from a commercial news source I am sure it is information management and I have to ask: “why are they showing me this?”

Back when I used to watch television “what’s for dinner” was a commercial tag line that had to do with selling Americans on the idea of buying beef.  And it was hugely successful; beef has been trending for decades; it persists amid the trends of gluten free, kombucha, paleo…

So, that was a long preamble into discussing the intersection of three things that are important to me. First, there’s eating.   Second, there is eating things that are healthy to put in one’s body.  Third, there is supporting a food industry that is interested in the health of its customers and in operating in a way that helps heal the earth rather than deplete it.

As a society we are reaping the effects of years of “trends” which include: factory chicken, monoculture farms, pesticide and herbicide dependent agriculture, soil depletion, and in general mechanisms and fertilizers dedicated to petroleum.    From oceanic dead zones to blood- for- oil war, the negative unconsidered consequences of these trends are now looking like a tsunami of enormous error and cost.

It is sobering to take a step back and acknowledge that “they” can’t to this to us without our collective permission.  And, we give our permission with the way we spend our money.

Thankfully, locally grown organic foods are becoming regular features in restaurants, schools, and family refrigerators.  It’s prevalence and value are proving to have staying power and to be more than just a trend.

Fields of Farmers http://www.johnnyseeds.com/tools-supplies/books/fields-of-farmers-joel-salatin-7420.html  addresses the problems we have created with our support of agribusiness, but also engenders hope as it contemplates some of the solutions.  You may enjoy it’s thoughtful, hopeful insights as well.

Here’s a new trend which has a great many positive side effects:  it is asking, “Where did that forkful of food come from?”.  I am discovering that there was a world of insight to acquire once asking this question.

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