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Healthy eating

Through our food we have an elemental connection to the Earth. This connection works two ways. The Earth nourishes us, and our diet has a huge impact on the rest of life on the planet.

If we want to be healthy and develop sustainable ways to produce our food—a system that will be able to feed the world’s people for generations while working with nature—we need to think about the implications of what we eat.

Local onions<br />The local food movement is inspiring many people to think more about the sources of their food.

The big issues include:

What we eat—Beef or beans? Different foods require radically different amounts of inputs to grow and process. And they have very different effects on our bodies.

Where our food comes from and how it’s grown—Medina County or Mexico? Factory farm or family farm?

What happens to organic wastes—How can we close the loop and put food wastes back into the soil?

The Food section of this website aims to help you think about these questions and learn how to achieve a healthier diet in your own life. These can be controversial topics. The experts don’t always agree on the best choices. We will edit this material often as new information becomes available. And we welcome your suggestions for improvement.

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. That, more or less, is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what we humans should eat in order to be maximally healthy.

—Michael Pollan, author, In Defense of Food

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