While I didn’t start this blog until 2013, this is a site that’s been many years in the making. Basically, since my son was born 10 years ago.
Even before then, I was interested in learning about how to eat healthfully and ethically. I knew that every food choice we make — especially those of us with adequate means who have the fortune of being able to make a choice — carries a price. Not just a dollars-and-cents one, but also a price in terms of nutrition, health, environment and society. But I reached a new level of awareness when I became a parent.
Part of it was simple timing: this was around the period books like Eric Schlosser’s Fast Food Nation (2003), Morgan Spurlock’s Super Size Me and Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma (2006) came onto the scene in a big way. But it also coincided with the realization that I was suddenly responsible for nurturing a new life from the very beginning. That’s a heavy thought, and it impressed upon me more and more how important it was to do the right thing.
Real life, in the meantime, impressed upon me how hard it is to do the right thing. Myriad forces help determine how any parent ends up feeding a child, and many of these are not only out of his or her control … but they are often invisible in terms of being among those things we even know we are in control of.
What’s more, deciding how to feed a child involves much more than choices about food alone. Every choice we make cascades across a vast landscape of influences (and, in turn, emerges from an equally vast landscape of influencers). Feeding a child right, ultimately, involves so much more than what we eat: social justice, climate change, cultural trends, the price of oil (yes, the price of oil), and much, much more.
So welcome and thank you … for visiting, for considering and for caring. Because really, finding the best ways to feed a child — physically, emotionally, psychically, socially, etc. — does more than help to determine the world’s future. It helps determine how much of a future the human world has at all. Period.
– Shirley Siluk
Florida, April 2013