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I very much agree with what you've said, malibby. If you have the chance, go to www.localharvest.com and select a CSA to join for the next season. You're buying local, organic produce - a truly wonderful thing.
*runs to get her cherries*
The book that swore me off of fast food for good was Morgan Spurlock's Don't Eat This Book (from which the movie "Super-Size Me" was made. The book/movie totally grossed me out. That led me to read more food books, join a CSA, grow a vegetable garden, and so forth. Of all the books about food that I've recently read, I like The Omnivore's Dilemma the most. I think Pollan has a pretty rational ideas when it comes to food. He's not way out on a limb either.
I'm also sick and tired of food conglomerates' CEOs making big bucks from me and then feeding me bad stuff. I still have to buy some food from them, but if I can keep part of my food money for local farmers and/or put it into seedlings from which I'll later harvest my own fruits and vegetables, that's a winning situation.
I won't give up coffee or chocolate, but will try to prepare the best fresh food I can and avoid buying unnecessary packaged foods filled with preservatives or other ingredients I cannot identify.
Want a cherry?
*spits out a pit*
We are proponents of csa, but don't belong to one because we supply others with org eggs and chicken, and we swap stuff from our garden/orchard with stuff from neighbors. Still, anyone without the land/time for a good garden would benefit greatly from joining a CSA, there are more and more every year often located closer than one might think. I'm glad you belong to one squeakychu! Also, those cherries sound mighty fine...
It would be pretty hard for me to give up chocolate, too. I do now use org choc chips from our coop for the cookies that leave this house for a myriad of potlucks :-)
Though I haven't read them in years, I liked MFK Fisher's food writing, and I remember a book by Scott entitled Serving Fire which I enjoyed reading one cold winter.
Another great book to get started in organic eating/shopping is The Organic Food Shopper's Guide. It has taken quite a long time for me to switch and go the organic route. Although I don't buy everything organic, I do think twice (sometimes 3 times) before picking something up that would be "more convenient". Anyways, I'm going off the subject here....