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Three ways - at least - to have an impact on (your) food

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Local blogger Karen Gibson, aka Soupaddict, recently posted on the subject of "3 Simple – but Powerful – Ways to Make a Lasting Impact on the Food Movement". The post was thoughtful and smart, and deserves to be passed along.

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We're not talking about supporting the success of women farmers in Africa here; these ideas and advice are hyper-local. All these actions are those you might take in your own home, or in your daily life. To summarize:

1. Cook at home. The convenience of the corner fast-food joint, the frozen "entrees" at Kroger, or simply calling out for pizza, is a real and tough temptation. Nor is cooking a skill that comes naturally to everyone. But simple meals cooked with minimally-processed ingredients have the biggest impact on your family's health.

2. Grow your own. Start small. A few pepper plants in a pot is within reach of everyone. Herbs are remarkably resilient and unfussy. And there's no convenience like stepping outside your door to cut a few things for dinner.

3. Share know-how. Be willing to teach the skills it takes to do the two things above, whenever the opportunity presents.

Allow us to add a bit here:

3.5 Just share. Share the bumper crop of jalapenos with the neighbors. Invite someone over for some fresh food. It'll create those times for sharing know-how.

4. Shop at the local farmers' market. Fresh ingredients have the best flavor, and that'll keep you and your family interested - and coming back to the table for more.

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