Farmers Market at Point Reyes, California. Summer 2009.
All right folks, it's been one week and my fingers are itching to blog. Let me splurge a few minutes to divulge my recent thoughts. But get ready as I unlease some captive enthusiasm; this is a 100% personal opinion post. OH YES! I'm seeping with idealism and earnestness, and add a dollap of naivety too. But I'm young, so don't judge me.
Farmers Market, Union Square in NYC. Fall 2009.
A Confession...Please Indulge Me.
When I came to Boston for grad school in the summer of 2009, I had a two-fold mission. First, do the dietetic internship for the Registered Dietitian's license, and second, complete a Masters degree in Nutrition Communications. This summer I will find out if I still like the hospital setting, and my starstruck fantasies of becoming a nutrition journalist haven't completely dissolved (hey, I'm a long-term dreamer- it could still happen...in 20 years).
However in the past seven months I have been slowly introduced to the world of agriculture and food policy. The Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy houses a wealth of treasures; there's some amazing research going on, and plenty of enthusiastic people. I have met other graduate students who brew their own beer, grow their own spices, drink raw milk, shop exclusively local, and who are fluent in the complex language of environmental food issues. I'm a newbie, and I don't even know the basic voacabulary. But I'm ready to learn.
My background is rooted in clinical nutrition. With my limited experience I love the physiology of metabolism, the diet counseling, the tube feed calculations (ok, not so much), figuring out a nutrition diagnosis, and patients contact! However, I am realizing that food is connected not only to science and nutrients, but to policy, business, and society. Can the future of dietetics go beyond medical nutrition therapy, and sprout new off-shoots into food policy, agriculture, and environmental concerns? As this "locavore" movement becomes mainstream, I hope that dietitians can stay abreast and ahead.
My burning question: How does a person balance nutritious food for a healthy body with sustainable food for a healthy Earth? I want to start figuring this out for myself. Or if you've already answered this, please enlighten me!
Astounding, right? Tulip fields in North-Holland, Netherlands. Flickr photo from Allard One
An Action Plan. (I Love Lists!)
- Network and Learn. Today I'm renewing my American Dietetic Association membership, and I've decided to join the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group.
- Eat! This week I signed up for a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) share through New Entry Sustainable Farming Project. Once a week from June-October I will be receiving fresh produce from a local farm in Lowell, MA. This is completely new to me, but I'll be sure to blog about it.
- Read. It's about time I explore the blogosphere of the gardening, canvas-bag-toting, do-it-yourself-canning people. Yup, you locavores amaze me. But not only blogs, I want books too! Yipee..you know nothing gets more me excited than a new book list for the BPL.
Point Reyes Farmers Market, summer 2009.
Passing along some blog resources, and they are all people from Tufts!
- US Food Policy written by Park Wilde, PhD. Associate professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy of Tufts University. He teaches the US food policy classes, but ironically I'm taking Regression Analysis from him this semester. Great blog!
- Epicurean Ideal by Ashley Colpaart, RD. Friedman student posting on all things food policy or nutrition. Check out her "Foodie and Greenie Links."
- Earthbound Kitchen by Amy Scheuerma, Masters student at Friedman studying Agriculture, Food, and the Environment. I enjoyed reading her recent posts about free-range meat and grass-fed beef.
Readers, help me out!
What's your thoughts? What are your favorite blogs, websites and books for local foods and sustainable living?