Pretzels for Peace

Maybe it’s my German heritage, but for whatever reason, I have always loved pretzels. Hot, cold, hard, soft, plain or with dip – in whatever way, shape, or form, I delight in the simple combination of bread and salt. So when I saw these peace sign-shaped pretzels, I could not resist!

These pretzel chips are from Laurel Hill Foods and can be purchased at Whole Foods stores. Peace sign works most effectively when eaten mindfully and with care 🙂

Home-Preserved Peaches with Local Ice Cream

Food is the rare moral arena in which the ethical choice is generally the one more likely to make you groan with pleasure. Why resist that?

— Barbara Kingsolver, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle

You Are What You Eat

Carlo Petrini, founder of the Slow Food Movement, often says, ” “Fridges are tombs – places where food goes to die.”  I tend to agree that it’s easy to forget what’s buried in the back, easy to purchase more than you need and count on the fridge to keep things fresh, and easy to go a little while without opening the door if you’re used to a busy lifestyle or a very whole foods/fresh diet.  The following post comes from Mark Menjivar, a photographer and artist based in Texas. This series of photographs was published in Good Magazine in May 2009.  It’s an interesting reflection of how the contents of our fridges reflect our careers, our lifestyles, and our personalities.  If you’re inspired by it, we welcome you to post a photograph of the contents of a fridge in response!

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Letter Home from an Agrarian Journeyman in Australia

Dear Friends,

After spending a few months in Brisbane, Australia, getting to know some people in the food movement here, I’d like to share my experience and analysis with interested people in Canada. I have been WWOOFing to a number of farms and come across different parts of the distribution system of the city. Mostly I am interested in organic food, and co-operative, local food distribution systems that circumvent the national retailers.

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Food Aid and Rockets

I heard a very thought-provoking and PeaceMeal-related story on NPR this morning, about how the US has stopped food aid to North Korea in light of today’s failed missle test.

Here’s the story in the Sydney Morning Herald.

The White House press secretary Jay Carney was quoted in the Sydney Morning Herald article as saying, ”North Korea is only further isolating itself by engaging in provocative acts and is wasting its money on weapons and propaganda displays while the North Korean people go hungry.”

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Graces, Prayers, Blessings on the Meal

I’ve been recently thinking about how closely tied almost every culture is to both gratitude and peacefulness through food. This takes places through the practice of taking a pause before eating, whether to speak a grace or blessing aloud, or to quietly reflect and give thanks.

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A Tale of Two Peace Meal Projects

Guest Blog by Elizabeth Mac
Founder and Director
The Peace Meal Project, Boulder, CO

Hello Friends,

I am the Director of  The Peace Meal Project in Boulder, Colorado. Through a series of serendipitous events, I had the great pleasure of connecting with Stephanie and Hannah of this PeaceMeal Project.

Two organizations.  Different locations.  Similar names.  Similar missions.

And, now, partners in peace.

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