CHOW DOWN & RISE UP!

Welcome to Eating Liberally, the website with an appetite for activism. Hungry for change? Join the club! Our democracy’s eroding like an arctic glacier. But there’s hope--people-powered politics is rising up even faster than our sea levels.

Ned Lamont’s victory over Joe Leiberman this week was a triumph for grassroots democracy, but the netroots need feeding. The battle is just beginning, and we’ve got to nurture this nascent movement in every way we can.

For Eating Liberally, that means encouraging progressives to take a break from the blogosphere now and then to get together, face-to-face, with your netroots neighbors. Get a group of Kossacks, MyDD devotees and Atrios addicts together, and you’ve got an electrifying amount of energy; a virtual wonky wind farm. We can channel that energy to bring about real change.

And it’s contagious; it’s viral. The Bush cavalcade of cronyism, incompetence and corruption is not just on the wrong track, it’s driving our democracy right off a cliff, and that’s galvanizing a lot of people who’ve been apathetic or downright allergic to politics. We need to stir those embers and get people fired up. You can start by joining, or forming, a chapter of Eating Liberally. We’re launching the first Eating Liberally chapter in New York City next Tuesday, so if you’re in the neighborhood, come and join us, from 6:30 to 8:30 at Rudy’s, 627 9th Avenue (bet. 44th st. & 45th st.)

The website’s still under construction, so please bear with us while we work on links and compile resources. Our goal is to offer a forum for discussion about food, politics, and the politics of food. Is Industrial Organic an oxymoron? Is it always better to buy local? Should soda be banned from schools? We’ll serve up a full menu of entries about the issues du jour.

Our nation’s food supply is saturated with oil, and not just the lethal trans-fats that fast food is fried in. American agribusiness is essentially an extension of the military-industrial complex; nowadays, “corn-fed” means “factory-farmed;” there’s nothing wholesome about it. Corporations peddle nutritionally bankrupt junk foods to toddlers and the USDA lets tainted meat sit on supermarket shelves, putting corporate profits ahead of protecting consumers.

Meanwhile, peak oil prophets like James Kunstler warn that trucking produce across the continent or flying it in from foreign lands is not a sustainable way to put food on our plates. Instead of burying our heads in the sand hoping, perhaps, to find more oil there, we’d do better to seek new solutions to our energy needs and encourage greater efforts to conserve our finite resources.

There are tangible things you can do to make a difference, from supporting small family farms by buying your food at a Greenmarket or joining a CSA, to leaving your car at home, when you can, and opting to walk, bike or ride mass transit instead, where possible. And we’ll be glad to give you guidance if you’d like to grow your own greens, too. We here at Eating Liberally hope to inspire, inform, and interact with fellow progressives who share our concerns and want to grow the grassroots—organically, of course!