Some of you got into paleo to get killer abbz. That’s fantastic. But if the food you’re eating comes from a broken system that is destroying the planet, it’s time to think about something more important than your 6-pack.
“To be interested in food, but not in food production, is clearly absurd” – Wendell Berry
My good friend, Diana Rodgers, has a new book on sustainability and nutrition coming out in March, and I was honored to write the foreword for her, especially since it follows a preface from the king of sustainable farming himself, Joel Salatin. The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook is an important book, full of practical advice and thoughtful ideas about how to live a healthier life through a deeper connection to your food. Plus, writing the foreword gave me a chance to articulate some of my own thoughts about sustainability and why it’s so important.
Here’s an excerpt from the foreword:
I’ll be honest, for most folks who follow my work on diet and nutrition, [sustainability] was a tough pill to swallow. All kinds of emotionally loaded things are dragged to the surface when we talk about sustainability, including politics and values. I built my following as a strength coach and nutrition geek—why on earth would I get into the quagmire of food politics? Well, because it’s really important, and in my opinion, if we don’t explore these ideas, our society (and perhaps the world) could face some very difficult times in the future.
The fact is we need to get more people producing food in a decentralized, sustainable fashion. Easy(ish) to say; quite another thing to actually get folks doing this. Diana Rodgers and I have talked about ways to train farmers, land trusts, political action groups, and the need for a basic manual to help people like me who have a strong interest in all this to actually start putting ideas into action. The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook is that manual.
The Homegrown Paleo Cookbook is
your field guide to changing the world.
That may sound like a lofty goal for a book, but think about it this way: Some of you reading this will maintain a modest garden at home, supplementing your family’s food with fresh, nutritious produce, and possibly even raise a few chickens, goats, and other critters. For some of you, however, this book will be your gateway drug to changing what you are doing with your life and opting to become part of the sustainable food system.
Almost fifteen years ago, I came to believe that the Paleo diet would transform medicine. By all accounts, that process is well underway, and we are all the better for it. I am similarly convinced that a decentralized, sustainable food system will largely supplant the current factory farm–based model. It will take time and there will be significant push- back, but like the Paleo diet, it makes sense. The Paleo diet works so well because it takes its cue from nature and human genetics and focuses on the foods we were designed to eat. Similarly, biodynamic, sustainable food production emulates how ecology has functioned since the beginning of time.
I am incredibly excited for this book because it not only offers an important perspective on the Paleo diet, it also is an introduction to how to integrate the healthiest food we can eat with the healthiest and most sustainable practices of production.
Pre-order it today and then visit her blog to redeem a special offer (by March 10th), plus you can check out her podcast and videos. Check out Diana on her farm (which I’ve visited, it’s amazing!) here: