Sacramento families can help save foods soon to become extinct. Sacramento is a city focused on sustainability. Here’s how to start. What foods in Sacramento do you think are in danger of extinction?
You might begin by looking at the US Ark of Taste. It’s a catalog of over 200 delicious foods in danger of extinction. By promoting and eating Ark products you can help ensure they remain in production and on the world’s plates. For example, you can make an effort to save one cherished food product at a time.
Try something so inexpensive and simple as highly nutritious tepary beans, great for helping to prevent type 2 diabetes due to the high fiber and other qualities of these southwest area beans used as a dietary stapble in the pre-Columbian southwest. What 200 foods in Sacramento and surrounding areas are in danger of extinction because people have forgotten about how nutritious they are, how healthy, and how tasty–just because they may not be familiar, fast-food, or in the usual standard ‘Western’ diet.
They are the foods that create a balanced but slightly more ‘alkaline’ environment in your mouth and bloodstream. How can you save foods soon to become extinct both in Sacramento and in the third world without leaving your neighborhood? You can help bring solar cookers to those who need them–people without electricity who rely on the sun to cook food. Think of how sunny Sacramento summers are, for example. Now think of other countries that can benefit from solar cookers in areas without electricity.
Solar Cookers International (in Sacramento) (zero carbon cooking) launched an online campaign last year on Nov. 24, 2009 with a video where people can make a fifty-dollar donation that will allow SCI to provide one of the neediest families on earth with a Solar Cookit system and necessary training.
Donors of the $50 CooKit systems will receive certificates showing a woman with a solar cooker next to the large pile of wood that will not have to be gathered or burned as a result of the tax deductible carbon offset contribution. Check out the video at the Solar Cookers International (SCI) website.
Two billion of the world’s poorest people cook on open fires. During the past few years, climatologists have discovered that the toxic “black carbon” smoke from these fires is one of the planet’s leading causes of global warming. It is also the most easily avoidable. Solar cooking is a simple, safe way to cook food without needing to acquire and burn fossil fuels. That’s one way of telling the media what’s important about culture in Sacramento–using solar cookers.
It’s one more step in the fight against diseases due to not having adequate nutrition for various health treatments to work properly. What can you do by letting your local media know of what needs to be done to improve sustainability in Sacramento or anywhere else?
Provide renewable resources in any way you choose. In a world of scarcity, violence goes down when there’s no more fighting over fuel, food, or access to healthcare. That applies to local neighborhoods in urban areas, rural enclaves, and well as villages in far-away locations.
Maybe it’s time to look to Slow Food USA ® projects or an attitude of caring and taking an interest in the numerous links to nutrition, hunger, and similar projects, since some Sacramento areas have fast food eateries on nearly every corner. How about alerting the media in your area to what slow food can do to save numerous foods from becoming extinct? Make a list of what foods you think will soon be extinct in Sacramento? What would help sustainability here?