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Runner's world is talking about homemade Chunks of Energy on
one of their forums. Check it out if you'd like to Do It Yourself.

Why, might you ask, are we directing you to recipes for a product that we're trying to sell? Chunks of Energy are an alternative to overly-packaged and processed protein bars and snack foods that have weird artificial matter in them. They are an alternative to rather expensive trail mix. They are an alternative to fast food when you don't have time to cook a filling meal but do have time to grab some chunks of energy and a piece of fruit. We aren't really selling Chunks of Energy as much as we are providing a choice in an industrial market.

Alternatives always have alternatives though, and if you have time to cook a meal, or if you can make healthy snacks at home, then go for it! When you don't have time, or when you want to spend your time doing other things, Chunks of Energy are in a bulk aisle of a health food store near you.

potato chips and peanut butter

Johanna D. Wilson of the Sun News wrote about Chunks of Energy on Myrtle Beach Online . Check out if you have 40 seconds. Preview: the first line is true! I will soon have video testimonials attesting to this. I'll keep you posted...

Her page is titled "Back Roads" and it looks like she's successfully meandering by the not-so-obvious sites where community happens.

In the meantime-- I'm glad you like them Johanna, if you read this!

So last season...

In the most recent lecture of my “Global Perspectives of Food” course, my prof touched on the Great Labeling Debate. How do we read “organic,” “local,” “fair-trade,” and “unionized” as meaningful terms? Organic food methods used to stand in contrast to industrial production. Now, there is an “organic industry” which relies on monocultures and nationwide transportation to add “value” to food. That term—organic industry—is a sort of oxymoron, when “organic” means part of a living system, and “industry” is defined by mechanistically aiming to eliminate any variation, preference, or creativity. Is something really organic if it’s exploiting workers, enabling out-of-season produce, and breeding complacency with our food supply? Agribusiness is oppressive, plain and simple, as it capitalizes on this stamp of approval from the USDA. The answer? Some say that “local is the new organic.” That is certainly the catch phrase in Portland, Oregon. Check out this article from a few years back, and a review of it . The Organic Consumers Assocation has another interesting take on the debate.

Some recommend eating grub. Anna LappĂ© and Bryant Terry say 1. grub is healthy local sustainable food for all 2. grub is food that supports community, justice, and sustainability 3. grub should be universal” I agree. Down with these meaningless “brand names” of how food is grown, and up with genuine relationships with the energies that are engaged to bring food to the table. Food doctrines are as dangerous as any other single-variable principle. This dogmatic approach is taken with labels for food like fair-trade, unionized, local, and organic as well as labels for food-eater like vegetarian, vegan, raw foodist, and freegan…these identities are meaningful in choice contexts, but they don’t help to satisfy our appetite for ethical, delicious, affordable, and accessible nourishment.

The quiet revolution, say LappĂ© and Terry, has begun. One example of whole-system activist is a local (to me in Montreal) holistic nutritionist named Jae Steele. Check out her recipe-story-advice-filled blog to find out about the joys of whole foods. She is quite the resource for everything from how to fast to how to knit a sweater—fast. Another example of a local-organic-practical initiative is a business called Delicious Organics in South Florida. I found out about them because they offer the raw cacao and goji berry Chunks of Energy—as well as 4000 other products—for delivery in South Florida. They have everything from produce and grocery staples to pet food and goat. It is a pretty cool model of innovative thinking. The learn pages of their website is chock full of information too—recipes, bios on produce, articles about food and well-being. Check out these chunks of energy, and let me know what quiet revolutions are taking place in your homes and hometowns.

Mother Earth says…

“Live on Less and Love It.” I came across this article and am impressed with the author’s 75 ways to spend less and be happier. His tips cover a lot: food, home-care, transportation, purchases, education, entertainment, and travel. I posted the Mother Earth News link in the “Neighbors of Sorts” list to the right.