The Bread Project

1 02 2011

I am so excited about my new friends and volunteer project I am involved with. A fellow Leadership Calgary alumnus and friend Mariette works at Calgary Family Services and started a new pilot project called Food for Thought: The Bread Project. The purpose of the project is to bring older adults from various cultures together to bake bread, examine food, culture and provide a community to each other. Many older adults can easily be isolated and I am learning the value that organizations like CFS bring to them. Mariette has a wonderful vision for this project, tackling other food skills like preserves and spreading the program to communities in the city and bridging the gap between generations. If The Bread Project is of interest to you or you have an older adult in your realm that would love to share their knowledge and a bread recipe, let me know, I’ll pass you along to Mariette.

We have spent some time talking about the mass production of bread, how it’s processed, what’s been lost and what more is at risk of being lost with their generation. An important aspect of this program is to examine the importance of food, culture and food security. In rants on this blog I have shared information on very serious risks to our food supply, production and population. There is a crisis in North America we see in the headlines – obesity. There is a much deeper story to this, mass production, genetically modified foods, over processing and kids that don’t know what a cooking pot is (see my Bottom Line post, you can listen to the podcasts that speak to this) are all increasing our disconnection from our food and survivability. One symptom of this is obesity, malnourishment of our aboriginal people, earlier pubescence and environmental sensitivities are some others. This past week the USDA approved the planting of genetically engineered alfalfa, putting organic meat producers and farms at risk, it is slippery slope. We don’t know all of the health implications of GMO foods, there are no labelling laws in Canada or the US and moves like this have made seed health and species extinction a real risk. A story to pay attention to and speak out about.

Here are some articles on the recent USDA changes:

Food Democracy Now

Common Dreams

Cornucopia

Today at the Bread Project we talked about Dr. Vandana Shiva a well known sustainable food and seed researcher and activist. She is the chair of a program that supports various seed keepers and organic farmers in India. This was fitting since the bread we made today was roti. The history of wheat in India is lengthy and their consumption of wheat is the greatest in the world, something we all learned today! The roti is a flat, unleavened bread made in many parts of India, both north and south. I learned to make roti in Mysore, India in cooking classes I took. Vidya, in our bread group, was a natural teacher and I loved learning this bread technique again – because I hadn’t made them myself since learning the first time! She made it even more accessible, probably because we were using North American utensils and stove. She spread ghee and home made wild blueberry jam on them, folded them up and doled them out, they were SO good. I took dough home to make two fresh rotis for Tony and I for lunch. mmmmm

Eat well, Be well,

Nat

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2 02 2011
M A K

Great articles Natalie.
Hope you have a terrific following.
Re: Reviews on Cornucopia – PS – thanks for sharing the info.
I’m sending it out to all my friends. It’s an eye opener!

NB: let’s start grocery shopping with a Do Not Buy list! Pretty soon Monsanto will try to GMO everything under the sun…perhaps even the sun…the great weak governments we have – that will not stand up to Bio-Tech companies – shame on you. You are affecting the lifes of your future voters…..

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