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Fight Back Fridays

by Heidi on September 4th, 2009
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As you can probably guess if you have read any of this blog or the website we are very concerned about our food where it comes from, how it gets here and whats been done to it along the way. Now while I still feel that we are in the minority, recently I have discovered a number of projects, films and websites that show that ‘caring’ is becoming a lot more popular.

I recently discovered the Food Renegade website and was really taken by what I found there. The about page says it all:

“I am a rebel. I like to eat red meat. I think butter is good for me. I drink my milk raw. I avoid pre-packaged foods like the plague. I don’t believe the health claims on food labels. And, I like my food to be fresh, wholesome, and traditional.”

They host a blog carnival called Fight Back Fridays, which is all about real food, with a collection of recipes, tips, stories and more from people they refer to as Food Renegades!

“Who are they? Why, they’re the Food Renegades. You know who you are — lovers of SOLE (Sustainable, Organic, Local, and Ethical) food, traditional food, primal food, REAL food, the list goes on.”

I'm a Food Renegade

So for my first Fight Back Fridays post I would like to share with you the other projects, films and websites that have come to my attention just in the last week.

FRESH the Movie

“FRESH is more than a movie, it’s a gateway to action. Our aim is to help grow FRESH food, ideas, and become active participant in an exciting, vibrant, and fast-growing movement.”

I have watched all the trailers and am fascinated, I really want to watch this movie. I like that they want to get people together and so aren’t just selling it through the standard channels, and am currently trying to figure out if we could host a screening, or if I could find somewhere local that might be interested. If you have already seen it I would love to hear your opinions.

Food, Inc

This is another movie I am keen to see, the description says it reveals surprising, and often shocking truths, about what we eat and how it’s produced. Now after the research I have done I don’t expect it to be that shocking, I am hoping I already know the worst, but I still think it would be very interesting watching. It is only showing at one cinema near us and only currently scheduled for 3 days in October, so I am planning ahead! Again if you have seen it I would love to hear your opinions.

Eat Real. Eat Local

A friend shared this campaign with me through FaceBook, it is a call from Hellmann’s to join the Real Food Movement. They want to encourage Canadians to add more real, local food to their diets. They have a short (less than 3 minutes) video explaining why the Canadian food system is in trouble.

We have always used Hellmann’s mayonnaise, although after a recent article I read I am a little concerned about where they are getting their eggs – is it from battery hens? I am writing to Hellmann’s to find out, and really hoping I get an answer that doesn’t result in me needing to learn how to make mayo! Regardless, this does seem like a good campaign, and through the website I found two new recipes for tomatoes that I think we are going to have to try! (Summer Grilled Tomatoes & Parmesan Garlic Broiled Tomatoes)

Over on the Food Renegade site there is a really interesting post about the White House Garden, and of course you should check out the other blogs in todays Fight Back Friday carnival.

I think that is probably enough sharing for one day and all this talk of food is making me hungry, so I will take myself off for another piece of tomato pie, this recipe has become a firm favourite in our house!

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  1. Hello, I found you through Fight Back Fridays. I saw Food, Inc. and it is a GREAT movie! It’s sad to realize what Big Ag and our government has done to our food supply, but also gives hope for change. Every person votes with their food dollars. I don’t shop for food at conventional grocery stores anymore.

    The problem with Hellmans is that it contains corn products. Since it’s not “organic” that means it almost certainly contains genetically modified ingredients. YUCK!!! Also, I believe “natural flavors” is an ingredient, and that almost certainly means it contains MSG… YUCK again! Your best bet is to make your own from pastured egg yolks, or try the Wilderness Family Naturals brand.

    Good luck in your real food journey!

    Comment by Jen — September 4, 2009 @ 6:18 pm

  2. Thanks for stopping by. I am really looking forward to seeing the movie, I wish I didn’t have to wait so long!

    I had only been worrying about the chickens that contribute the eggs for Hellmann’s I hadn’t even thought of all the other GM stuff! Looks like I am going to have to learn how to make mayo!

    Comment by Heidi — September 4, 2009 @ 6:24 pm

  3. I know what you mean! There is so much to think about when it comes to making food choices. If you hang around Fight Back Fridays though, you will learn A LOT. :)

    Here is a link to a good mayo recipe to get you started.


    Comment by Jen — September 4, 2009 @ 6:37 pm

  4. Thanks so much. I will check that out.

    Comment by Heidi — September 4, 2009 @ 7:02 pm

  5. Making your own mayo is surprisingly easy and satisfying. I’ve done it for years in an effort to steer clear of soy and canola oils in favor of more traditional oils (and to use pastured eggs). So, don’t be afraid. Be adventurous!!

    Thanks for joining in the Fight Back Friday fun.

    (AKA FoodRenegade)

    Comment by FoodRenegade — September 5, 2009 @ 5:56 pm

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