cuisine, community, conversation
Our Food for Thought Dinner Seminar Series featured visionaries in the world of organic and locally sourced food. Nearly 400 people attended to hear Gary Hirsberg, Chairman of Stonyfield Farm, Jim Gerritsen, lead plantiff in the lawsuit, “Farmers vs. Monsanto,” and Pete Johnson, farmer of Pete’s Greens, Amy Cotler of the Locavore Way and Ben Hewitt, author of the Town That Food Saved. Thank you to everyone who joined us.
Here’s what some of our guests had to say:
“Liked the interactive discussion of diverse stakeholders on issues which we can have an impact.”
“Great community of like-minded people. Intelligent with interesting things to say.
“Liked how the participants were brought together as a community through sharing exercises.”
“Enjoyed the family style seating and ability and ability to interact with others.”
On August 20 folks gathered at the Blue Moon to watch the movie, “Bag It! Is Your Life to Plastic?” There was such a great response to decided to show the movie again so keep an eye out here for new dates. To see a trailer of the movie, click here.
Some of what we learned:
Our single-use society is throwing away 2 million plastic bottles every 5 minutes and 60,000 plastic bags every 5 seconds.
We spend $12 billion dollars on bottled water every year? And, that the average American disposes of 800 lbs of packaging every year.
We dispose of 106,000 aluminum cans every 30 seconds.
Plastic is the most pervasive form of ocean litter. It is so pervasive in our oceans that some tests reveal there is more plastic then phytoplankton for the fish to munch on – sometimes more than 40 times! The fish, birds and other wild life mistake it for food and eat it. It is killing them!
Many plastics contain endocrine disrupters such as BPA and Phthalates. BPA has the characteristics of estrogen, a hormone that determines sexual traits and is key in the development of brain function and nerve cells.
So what can you do to avoid using so much plastic? Bring your own stainless steel or glass water bottle. Buy food from the bulk section when you can. Use glass to store leftovers in. Avoid plastics with the number 3,6,7 – it’s not clear that they are really recycled. Look for numbers 1 & 2.
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