I’m Lauren, the voice behind Global Locavore, and this is how excited I get around good food – growing it, cooking it, sharing it, advocating for it, using it to change the world.
To me, good food means more than just delicious food. Good food is sustainably-produced, humanely-raised, and free of genetically modified organisms (GMO-free). Good food is culturally appropriate, equitably distributed and accessed with dignity. Good food is produced, shared and eaten with love.
Food serves to connect us to place, people and the past as it is imbued with cultural, social, health and environmental significance. Unfortunately, in our modern industrial food system, our food travels a long, often tortured, journey from farm to table.
I believe good food can provide multi-faceted, dynamic solutions. Good food can be a medium for revitalizing our planet, our economy and our human connections. For all of human history food has served as a way to build community, to show love and generosity, to equalize differences and find common ground. Sustainably grown food can bring life back to the soil, reestablish our link to nature, reduce our carbon footprint and green our cities. Good food can restore health, create strong local economies and inspire individuals to advocate for themselves.
As the inspirational Nick Saul said in his book The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement:
What we eat matters. It matters to the environment, it matters to our health, it matters to the economic well-bring of farmers, to relationship between nations, to the future of the planet.
By sharing stories of local food cultivation, preparation and distribution practices, I hope to create authentic connections in an isolating age. I hope that by exploring these topics I will inspire readers to examine the complex role food plays in our lives. I hope that readers will feel as excited as I do about the power of local, sustainable food to solve environmental, social and economic problems on a global level.
Join me as I journey around the globe sharing local stories of people who grow, create and eat really good food. Follow along on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or send me an email at lauren(@)globallocavore.com. I’d love to hear from you!