Farm to Table

Farm to Table has become a widely popularized movement, and rightfully so.Kate for Food
Local farms that are ethically harvesting food is more economic for our Planet, and with sustainability tracing our footprints, it’s important that seafood is properly caught or kept, animals are raised without hormones, farms do not torture the living or the dead and the use of antibiotics are eliminated by altering the current methods of farming. These changes in NON-GMO agriculture practices, do not involve long-distance exportation and will increase local health for ALL, while making a positive impact for our PLANETARY wellness.

Yes, the demands for farm-to-table are what’s trending, although, this is not a fad. Welcome to our new culture and filled with innovation.
The risk our world faces from exporting food is greater than global economics, trade, or commerce. We are being forced by a greater source, Mother Nature, the teacher of all, to pay attention, to look at our daily choices and to change the way we are behaving as a culture, and who we support.

You, me, we, us, those who are willing to take the time, to go out of our way to discover small businesses, to avoid eating addictive foods by finding healthier alternatives, to discover new soft drinks, to eliminate the quick fix pill mentality and strive to eat local and organic food as much as possible. The time is now to choose a farm-to-table mentality. BIG TIME!

According to a report in the journal Environmental Science & Technology, eating NO meat one day a week for a year is equivalent to not driving a vehicle 1,160 miles.
On average, each person consumes 6 ounces of meat per day and that is 99% conventional. It’s not sustainable for our health to be eating corporate factory farmed animals, and with the fast-food industry spending over $4.2 billion on advertising each year, people are being seduced into consuming these meats that produced with animals being treated with abuse, chemicals, hormones and often, carrying disease. Yuck!

Solutions in reducing the carbon footprint are on the rise, choose to become aware of your actions, and without judgement, pay attention to who you support, the foods you are buying at the marketplace, which small businesses practice ethical farming, and ask questions to educate yourself on what’s really going on with your food. We are living in a revolutionary time, conscious trends surround us, and I am confident you are already making positive changes too.

Be curious of what our environment needs, get excited about YOUR contribution to live your life to the fullest, and to give the best life to your children. Learn from your mistakes by observing the life you have created now. What’s one new sustainable practice you can begin today? Be the evolution, join the conversation, it’s happening all around us, and all you have to do is make up your mind…and ditch the Pringles!

According to the USDA, 37 billion pounds of chickens are raised and killed each year for consumption.
Since these animals live in such close quarters, farm operators remove beaks of chickens, turkeys and ducks to keep them from pecking one another to death, often by burning or cutting the beaks off. Ouch! This is the disgusting truth of large scale production that ends up at your table, and at a low cost. You do not want to eat the energy of tortured animals, piled high in commercial warehouses with no beaks and bright lights beaming 24/7 to increase egg production. This is not sustainable for anyone, it is inhumane stress creating sickness for the animals to create food for the masses. Go to your local farmers market, support the local vendors, and find the egg man. Trust me, he’s there!

At this point in our economy, you have been sold on HAPPY and colorful foods that make you feel SICK, diets you cannot sustain or gain results from, and pills that cause numerous problems with endless discomfort. Globally, our food focus is changing dramatically, super-foods are on every menu, vegan alternatives are popping up rapidly, and gluten-free, NON-GMO foods are trending massively.

Our global focus is moving to support smaller and ethical practices, businesses with farm-to-table values and changing habitual ways, that unintentionally don’t consider the future. Our responsibility, as human, is to make a lasting difference, that is good for you, good for others and good for the health of our Planet. Every person has a different and unique path, and that’s the magic of life. No matter how you get there, to your BEST you, YOU will.

Today, 73 million young people are here to change the game. This is the millennial generation that encourages creative solutions to withstand the test of integrity and drive the innovations of smart and conscious economy forward. We are here to build farm-to-table businesses, art schools, alternative markets and social endeavors that inspire unity.

A one years worth paper subscription to the New York Times weighs over 500 pounds. That’s a lot of paper and we certainly know what paper is made of! Personally, I love the a cold hard copy of the paper…the smell and the feel…it’s familiar. It reminds me of being a child when all the papers arrived at the door…do you see how humans create physiological connections to each choice being made? When we look to retrain our brain, we just buy the online subscription and call it a day!

It doesn’t have to be complicated to make good choices, we simply need to “just do it”. It’s a matter of choosing wisely and living consciously. We thrive better when we support a greater good, all we need to do is train our brains to begin again. Choose your sustainable solutions, will you really suffer if your subscriptions don’t arrive at your front door? Read labels of what foods you bring into your home, and remember that YOUR LIFE MATTERS, your words are value and your actions have a ripple effect.

As Gandhi once said, be the change you wish to see in the world.’s true. It begins with YOU. We are the change, so what are you going to do? Today.

As the trend of local farming, distributing, and small trade expands, we must commit to supporting this, and within each community, we will see new solutions on the rise and conscious businesses thriving, in all towns, large or small. Farm-to-table, is a movement in preserving the quality of YOUR life, and will increase the possibility of sustainable solutions for generations to come.

Farmers and ranchers receive roughly 16 cents out of every dollar spent on food.
The rest goes for costs beyond the farm: wages and materials for production, processing, marketing, transportation and distribution. In 1980, farmers and ranchers received 31 cents. Small farms need to be supported again, and will gradually increase each year as the demands are higher for ethical, local and sustainable foods. It’s WE the people who have to choose to invest our money in them. What do you choose? Corporate Costco farms for cost and convenience or small and local farms with nutrient rich, and quality products?

America is the most efficient country, it is highly productive and has discovered unlimited ways to produce the largest economies with big business lacking ethical principles by it’s side. On the contrary, in doing this, we have created a sustainable crisis that has brought us to where we are today. We have trained Americans in convenience, and in that, we have encouraged imbalances, in our bodies, in our lives, in trade and in our society. Let’s begin to observe where we can “lean in”, and make a difference…maybe it’s taking a simple walk in nature…or spending an hour reading with your child. Slow down long enough to remember what you came here to do. What is the purpose of this life, YOUR LIFE, and how can WE as a Nation increase quality over quantity.

At the end of the day, when you’re lying in bed, how do you feel with who you are, the choices you have made and your communications with others…are you at peace with what IS…? Are you satisfied…? Could you believe that you are exactly where you need to be…no matter where you are…? Choose what IS, and then decide what you really want…the health you deserve and the success you have came here to produce.

In life, WHAT WE RESIST, PERSISTS. Right? CHOOSE your fat, CHOOSE your disease, CHOOSE your discomfort and CHOOSE your bad choices. In choosing what IS, we can open up to the possibility of discovering something new, and authentically achieving whatever it is that we want. Create a new possibility out of self-love for what IS. Love yourself for who are are, and then decide who you want to be for you, for others and for our Planet Earth.

Create your world positively within the Universe, invite the possibility of farm-to-table as a lifestyle, a way of choice making, and without judgment or competition, just a place to check out…a flavor to try and a new addition to your already, extraordinary YOU.

Fed Up

Good for
People concerned with the diet of America’s kids.

Why you should watch it
Stephanie Soechtig—in conjunction with An Inconvenient Truth’s Laurie David—took on the topic of the unfettered amount of sugar that’s been added to kids’ meals over the decades. Soechtig looks at how that additive has ballooned childhood obesity and how powerful sugar-industry lobbyists have prevented any meaningful legislation from passing through Congress.

Anyone who’s concerned about how our diets are shaped—and the risks this type of eating presents—will find Fed Up incredibly fascinating.

Forks Over Knives

Good for

Why you should watch it
This film is heavy on the science and takes a strong anti-animal product stance on eating.

You have been forewarned. Still, check it out for an interesting look at how what we eat affects the rise in incidences of coronary disease, diabetes, obesity, and other diseases.

Chef’s Table

Good for
“Foodies”and inspiration.

Why you should watch it
Netflix’s new documentary series gives viewers an insider’s look behind the kitchen doors of some of the world’s top chefs.

Sure, this premise similarly mirrors the concepts of several other documentaries on this list, but Chef’s Table—lead by Jiro Dreams of Sushi director, David Gelb—profiles contemporary icons like Magnus Nilsson and Dan Barber with an eye towards cinematography.

It’s worth the weekend binge-watch for anyone who wants to know the major players steering food culture in 2015.

Food Beware

Good for
Foreign film lovers and proponents of the organic food movement.

Why you should watch it
Is organic produce better for you? To search for an answer, this documentary profiles the Barjac village in France, where the local school is mandated to serve an all-organic menu.

Food, Inc

Good for
Your friend who dismisses farm-to-table eating.

Why you should watch it
This documentary addresses the issue of corporate farming in America—and as you’ll find out, it’s a very big problem to tackle.

There are three acts, tackling industrial meat production, large-scale production of vegetables and grains, and the ways in which economic and legal power is wielded in this country to product big business.