Monday, April 19, 2010
The New York Times recently ran this interesting graphic, comparing American eating habits with others' worldwide, and--surprise!--we win again. This time the medal is for Highest Consumption of Processed Foods. Our family is doing its part--breakfast cereal like it's going out of style, dairy products, salad dressing and condiments, dried pasta, bread, canned vegetables (BPA, or no BPA). And we're a household that actually cooks six days a week, tonight's meal notwithstanding. If you're like me (i.e., lazy), you'll just think, "Dang it!" and, after stifling that twinge of guilt, keep on with your processed ways.
But for those of you who have already purged your pantries and churned your own butter and wonder if there are any mountains left to climb, you may want to check out this NPR article on window farming. Seriously. These people set up hydroponic systems in their apartment windows made out of bottles and such and swap tips online with each other and grow everything from herbs to peppers(!!!).
Let me know if any of you out there give this a try. We'd be happy to drop in for dinner and help you eat some of your harvest. I'll even bring the bottle of balsamic vinaigrette.