Vote With Your Fork!Posted: May 17, 2009
“Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.” – Micheal Pollan
Last night was awesome!!!! I got there a little before 5pm when the library closes and they kicked us out until 5:30pm when the event was starting. It was a nice night so I perched myself a top some sort of city meter thing and kept reading my book. Eating was no allowed inside the library so even though I wasn’t really hungry I thought I should eat my turkey sami that I had brought for dinner. This is what the line looked like at 5:15pm (Keep in mind the actual speaking was not happening until 7pm!)
There was also a really pretty basilica across the way!
Once we got inside, I scored a front row seat (well front row behind the reserved seating)! The place filled quickly and around 6:30pm I started getting hungry/bored. I had packed other items to eat, but had to be sneaky about eating them from inside my purse. I consumed an apple, zuc and cherry tomatoes before Micheal was introduced by the Chief of Nutrition for the Baltimore Public Schools (hard J-O-B!)
The Chief (I can’t remember his name and I feel so bad!) started off with some props; an apple, apple juice box, and a sliver slim canned apple flavored juice (looked like a red bull). He said, “This is the progression of an apple in our school system”. It is strange but I remember getting apple juice boxes in my lunch AND apples. I guess my generation is sort of a cross bread. He went on to talk about the many improvements he is making to the city school lunches. He really impressed me with the following: he has started a 33 acre farm for children to visit and plant, grow, and eat their own food, he has created a meatless Monday for next years food calender, which not only cuts back on cost BUT fossil fuels! He then introduced Micheal who spoke about his books followed by a one on one Q&A then audience questions. These are some key points I found from the lot:
- “Free Range” is more like saying vacation option for chickens
- “Pasture Finished” is what you are really looking for on a label
- Local Local Local farming needs to become a mainstream practice
- Vote on the Farm Bill!
- Stewardship and movement towards change is needed to make an impact
- Vegetarians and Meat Eaters are always in battle, but why?
- Never eat Feed Lot Meat – “Sh*t gets in the meat”
- People need to learn how to cook again and have a willingness to do so
- They used to have to dye margarine pink because it was a imitation butter and they didn’t want people getting confused – from “In Defense of Food”
Micheal on the Right Chief to the left
All in all a great speech + Q&A. I would have liked him to talk more about the Omnivore’s Dilemma (it is more about the environmental impact of the food industry) but HE SIGNED MY BOOK!!! After signage I quickly grabbed a cab and headed to federal hill to catch the tail end of a Preakness party (YAY RACHEL ALEXANDER!! showing the boys up!) There I found Nick and some firefly sweet tea vodka…FYI only drink one, so much sugar masking the vodka, but it was delicious! I nibbled on some pretzels and a piece if zuc bread that I brought for dessert. On the way home we got soaked! TG I had my umbrella in my giant bag! 😉