I was young when the back-to-the-earth natural foods movement of the 1960s started. When Frances Moore Lappe's seminal book, Diet for a Small Planet, was published in 1971, I bought it and read it cover to cover. To my mother's dismay, I declared myself a vegetarian who only ate fish — what is labeled a pescatarian today. It was a valiant effort that didn't last once I went to college.
I look back on those beginnings and think about where we are now, thanks to victory gardens, community-supported agriculture (CSAs), a growing network of farmers' markets, and ever-expanding national chains of natural-foods stores. When the big-box stores promote packaged and fresh organic products, you know the message has trickled down. And the push toward healthier eating continues with school-yard gardens and with educational initiatives coming directly from the White House.
Are we finding our roots?
Are we currently going back to the habits of generations not so long ago, when our grandparents and great-grandparents ate seasonally and shopped locally because that was their only option? They ate roots because they were cheap and nutritious, and they stored well. They ...