If you didn’t already know, today is Earth Day. I actually have a fun afternoon planned to celebrate and hope you’ll be doing your part, too!
I’m taking the day off from work today – I have some appointments, a bunch of errands, and a fun event this afternoon. It’ll be a very busy day.
Thankfully, Nick made coffee this morning and I made a big bowl of oatmeal to fuel my morning ;)
I love this Just 4 Nuts Butter!!! And I love that it’s not completely smooth and creamy – there’s some texture to it, but it’s not super crunchy.
I made a simple bowl of banana oatmeal so I could really taste the nut butter (and dark chocolate).
- 1/2 cup oats, 1 cup water, pinch salt
- 1/2 banana, sliced
- 1.5 Tbsp Just 4 Nuts Butter
- 1/2 Tbsp dark chocolate chips
Great way to start the morning, along with 2 cups of coffee and some playtime with Maggie.
I’m so glad I got the chance to watch Food, Inc last night, and Nick watched most of it, too.
Overall, I wasn’t really surprised by much that was covered – I’d read reviews about the film – but, even knowing what I know, it’s still a bit shocking to see that what you’ve heard is true.
I had heard about Monsanto after reading Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver but seeing what they were doing to Farmer Moe was sickening. Farmers that aren’t working with these huge conglomerates cannot keep up and cannot afford to fight back, and it makes me sad that we have companies going after these people simply because they know they can win. They have the money and power to push others around, but when you’re dealing with our country’s food and lives, that should not be happening.
While the entire film was important and eye-opening, the biggest things I took away from it were:
- To eat locally as much as possible
- To view every purchase you make as your choice, your vote for what you want
Nick and I already try to shop locally when we can, but I also know that we can do more. Searching out and supporting all the things you have around you in your community is so easy to do, but it’s something that many people just don’t take the time to do.
Two places to find local farms, dairys, co-ops, etc, are:
We may not be able to fix these monopolies that are in charge of the food in this country, but every single item you buy is your vote that day.
You may not be able to get everything you need locally, but I want to buy whatever I can local and fill in the rest if needed.
Every time you buy from your local farmer’s market or join a CSA or Co-op, you’re putting your vote in the farmers’ corner. And if enough people start putting their votes in those places, change can happen.
Earth Day 2010
I feel like watching Food, Inc last night was a good activity to do right before Earth Day :)
Today, I’m doing what I can!
- Taking my own water with me today in my reusable bottle
- Eating local for lunch and at home for dinner
- Using reusable bags for the items I need to purchase today
- Celebrating Earth Day at a local university (details later!)
What are YOU doing to celebrate Earth Day today?