I was recently contacted by Kimberly Hartke, publicist for The Weston A Price Foundation, regarding a Paleo fundraising event happening at Polyface Farm to benefit The Farm To Consumer Legal Defense Fund. Since I am an advocate of Paleo eating, as well as a member of The Weston A. Price Foundation and The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, I am proud to promote this fundraiser and tell you why you should be a part of it if you care at all where your food comes from.
The “Save Your Bacon; A Polyface Meatup Weekend” is September 7-8, 2013. You can spend the weekend experiencing Polyface Farm with a tour by Joel Salatin himself, a bacon cook-off (proving just how much better pastured pork is,) and lectures by Robb Wolf, author of The Paleo Solution, Jenny McGruther from Nourished Kitchen (I took Jenny’s fermenting course, which was AWESOME for me and my gut!) and the one and only Joel Salatin!!! For those of you who do not know of Polyface Farm, it is a ground-zero of sorts for sustainable farming manned by charismatic owner, Joel Salatin. Watch this short video of Salatin talking about his approach to farming vs. factory farming. BONUS: If you register for this weekend getaway before August 5, you will get discounted hotel rooms so DON’T WAIT! Here are the particulars.
There are so many reasons to go to this event. Not only will you have a relaxing weekend away from your daily craziness, but you will learn more about sustainable food choices, ethical farming, the Paleo way of eating (i.e: how real food is the only food ) and you will HAVE FUN & EAT AMAZING FOOD DOING IT! Learning, fun & deliciousness??? YES!!! Can’t get a better vacation than that, at least in my opinion! But best of all perhaps, is that your money goes to a crucial cause – the right for small farmers to grow sustainably raised and farmed food, including raw milk, and the right for us as individuals to have a choice in what foods we decide to eat. For those of you who do not know about The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund, or if you have heard of them but you are not a member yet, here is their Mission Statement:
“The Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund (FTCLDF) is a 501 (c) (4) non-profit organization whose members are joining together and pooling resources to:
- Protect the constitutional right of the nation’s family farms and artisan food producers to provide processed and unprocessed farm foods directly to consumers through any legal means.
- Protect the constitutional right of consumers to obtain unprocessed and processed foods directly from family farms and artisan food producers.
- Protect the nation’s family farms and artisan food producers from harassment by federal, state, and local government interference with food production and/or food processing.
The objective of FTCLDF is to defend the rights of sustainable family farms and artisan food producers to make their products available to consumers in a manner that protects, preserves and enhances the environment and its natural resources, products that include but are not limited to meat and meat products, poultry, eggs, raw milk and raw milk products, fruits and vegetables, lacto-fermented foods and beverages, prepared foods, and bread and other baked goods directly to consumers without a license or permit.”
If these issues speak to you and you care about them, whether you are a farmer or a consumer, consider doing something to help them. Because, let’s face it, helping them helps all of us. If you cannot make it to the “Save Your Bacon” weekend, consider becoming a member of The Farm to Consumer Legal Defense Fund – as a consumer, yearly membership is only $50.00! Imagine food freedom for only $50.00 per year. What are you waiting for? Sign up here.
On a side note, since I am promoting an event that includes both Paleo and WAPF followers, I want to address the recent discord between members of the Paleo community and Sally Fallon, President of The Weston A. Price Foundation over Ms. Fallon’s recent statements about the Paleo diet (see her comments here under the link for “President’s Message” ) My opinon is this: WAPF and Paleo are BOTH on the right side of the good fight and that is all that matters. Both are about making ethical food choices, eating nutrient dense foods, eliminating highly processed foods, and making a difference in the health of humans. The Paleo way of eating is not only one way of eating, which is how Ms. Fallon missed the boat in her characterization of the diet since she only opined on the view of Dr. Loren Cordain’s version of Paleo. Take any 2 Paleo followers and you will see they may consume radically different levels of certain macronutrients depending on how active he or she is, what foods he or she can tolerate well, what their health issues are, and what he or she likes to eat! Pigeonholing a diet is often short-sighted and often causes people who attack it to sound ignorant and proponents of the diet to become frustrated and fight back with sharp criticism of the attackers diet!. I think that anyone who is consumed by their tribalism is being short-sighted too and actually fueling the argument for the other side who is pigeonholing them! If you are letting your diet define you, then you are stuck defending it – even to people who are part of your tribe but, for example, cannot tolerate as many carbs as you can (Check out this science! ) All of that seems like a waste of precious time to me. We are all different – even if we all subscribe to similar principles in choosing the food we eat. I love being Paleo, but I also love tubers and dairy sometimes. Should I lose my “Paleo Card” for that? I also love WAPF for ALL the amazing work they do for food rights, for educating us about traditional food choices & preparation, and their rich history of health research. Just because I personally don’t tolerate grains & legumes well and choose not to eat them, does that mean my WAPF membership should be revoked? We are all on the same side and should stop sweating the small stuff. We all want the same thing: to be healthy and for our food to come from local and sustainable places.
Now go make your reservations for the “Save Your Bacon” weekend and help win the fight for food freedom!!!