2009 was the year that issues like local food, sustainable food systems, and agriculture reform went mainstream, and we expect this national conversation to intensify in 2010. Unfortunately, much of the time it looks less like dialogue and more like, as LA Times food editor Russ Parsons writes, "two armed camps deeply suspicious of one another shouting past each other." How can "hard-line aggies" and "know-nothing urbanites" create meaningful discussion and change? Parsons suggests some ground rules, or fundamental principles, that all sides should agree on in order to move forward with constructive dialogue. Among them are:
Emily Ho is a writer, recipe developer, and educator. She lives in Los Angeles, where she teaches classes on food preservation, wild food, and herbalism. Emily is a Master Food Preserver and founder of LA Food Swap and the international Food Swap Network.
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