Last night I watched Fannie’s Last Supper, a documentary on Netflix America’s Test Kitchen head chef Erin McMurrer and mentor Chris Kimball re-create an 1896 12-course meal from American cookbook pioneer Fannie Farmer.
I like that type of Netflix fare. I enjoyed it. The line from the documentary I want to relay to you is this:
Mr. Kimball says “Shopping in 1896 was better than it is today.”
Addressing the symptoms of illness and not the underlying causes of illness carries consequences. Not pulling out the root of any undesirable weed, inevitably allows it to return. We frequently discuss on The Modern Revolution how proper nutrition helps prevent heart disease, slows the aging processes wards off dementia, and fights cancers.
I frequent farmers’ markets and I enjoy them for the communal spaces they are. But I increasingly wonder:
Can we return to locally producing all the food we need?
What would be the consequences of ultra-fresh, grown carefully nearby in small quantities.
Truthfully, I have grown up in the era of giant supermarkets. In New York, when I was a small kid, we purchased milk from local dairies – but it seemed like a novelty – not an integral part of how we sourced food.
We are going to explore and discuss urban farming and farmers markets and backyard chickens here on the Modern Revolution. I have 4 chickens in the backyard right now, and when it is not a million degrees in the desert where I live, they each drop an egg a day.
And you know what?
They are easier and cheaper to care for than my 2 English Cream Golden Retrievers. They are generally turning uneaten vegetal table scraps into eggs. Just as tastey (if not more so) than the ones I get at the grocery store. Cheaper by far. And there is something fun about the process.
As an aside, I don’t live on a farm. I am in a regular neighborhood. The birds are less noisy than most of the neighborhood dogs and they don’t smell like what you think it would smell like.
Which is to say: They don’t have much of a smell at all.
The term nutrient density sounds complicated but it refers to how much nutrition a food provides. Let me confess that I frankly see all fast food as essentially nutrient-less. If your diet is heavy on food that comes through a drive-through window: my guess is that you are undernourished.
You might be think you are “making-up for it” with nutritional supplements to make up for the sins of your whole food omissions. But if you are heavier than you want to be, it is likely you are also undernourished.
Whole foods have been scored by Dr. Fuhrman’s Aggregate Nutrient Density Index (ANDI). You can learn about it here.
If the root of our diabetes/ obesity epidemic is rooted in the way we nourish ourselves (which needs deep attention), does it stand to reason that the way we source our food underlies that as well?
Please give me your thoughts. There will much to come on these subjects.