Thursday, May 10, 2012

A Spring of Thinking About Food

As you've no doubt noted over the past few months, we fortuitously chose an excellent time to read Nicolette Hahn Niman's Righteous Porkchop book. Along with our community-wide book discussion, there have been a lot of related issues in the news, including the "Ag Gag" legislation recently passed in Iowa and signed into law by Governor Branstad; and the controversial "pink slime" issue, which has now resulted in several plant closures and the losse of jobs.

It's often difficult to know who to believe in discussions about these contentious issues: both sides have their experts, and to the lay person, who depends upon the experts, everyone sounds equally credible. When issues are important to you, how do you educate yourself to make the right decisions? How do you decide who is credible to you and who isn't? Did you find Niman to be a credible reporter as you read her book? Did you attend our panel discussion last month to hear opposing local viewpoints? What did you think? If you enjoyed Niman's perspective, did the panelists give you pause to reconsider?

All of the metro area libraries (and our partner, Barnes & Noble!) have collections of books and resources to help guide you, on this an other food-related issues, as you work to make the best and healthiest decisions for yourselves and your families. There is a lot of information, and it can be confusing. Your librarians can help guide you to reliable information so you can make educated decisions. And we hope our community discussion this spring has been useful as well.

Please join us on Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m. when Niman will talk about her book at The Hotel at Kirkwood. The presentation is free and open to all. Bring your questions and let's find out all we can from her so we can continue to make good and wise food choices, not only for ourselves, but for our environment and for the animals we are eating.

We will look forward to seeing you on Friday! Thanks for participating in our community discussion.

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