Wrapping, Trappings, and Foil
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How ironic that we’re talking about this chapter while I’m on a plane flying back to Virginia from a marketing conference in Mississippi. Perhaps you are getting ready to go away for the Thanksgiving holidays to see family.

In this chapter, Joel offers an alternative to the highly packaged, wasteful, plastic airplane meal. Do you think his suggestion of soup and cookies would work?

Or is it just too weird?(Like the nudist Buddhist)

In your opinion, what would be the number one way we could reduce waste in packaging in our food system?

Let’s think about this for a moment. Picture it.

Packaging that decomposed. Suddenly there would be no need for land fills. No trash along the side of the highways. Can you imagine it?

Instead of tin cans for canned foods, we’d use reusable Mason jars. Every family would have a root cellar and a kitchen garden out their back door.

Do you think this is possible?

What else do you want to talk about that was discussed in this chapter?

What change in your life can you implement in your family today? What one thing will you do this week to make a difference?

 

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About Sheri Salatin

Sheri is married to Daniel Salatin. She is the marketing director at Polyface Farm and stay-at-home mom of three children. Sheri is passionate about clean food and is enjoying working the land along side her husband. When not farming, Sheri can be found reading, writing, sewing, baking and serving in her church family.
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4 Responses to Wrapping, Trappings, and Foil

  1. EllaJac says:

    His description of the ever-expanding airplane meal was astounding.

    I don’t think the soup thing will work in airplanes… For one, a big tureen of hot soup and some turbulence is a recipe for a lawsuit. πŸ˜› Also, and I could be wrong in this, but I have a hard time imagining an airline implementing something as complex as *cooking soup*… That’s not their expertise (nor that of the flight attendants, I assume), and hiring it done well would probably price it way out of range. Of course, there is always the msg-based stuff that is powdered in an envelope… and i guess that’s not worse than what they serve now, but… ugh. :] As to cookies on a tray; someone would cough, or touch one and leave his germs, or the turbulence would again lead to ‘tossed cookies’… πŸ™‚

    I do like the idea of ‘kitchen chickens’ and a garden nearby. I don’t know if it’ll ever become mainstream, but it’s definitely increasing in possibility. I live where *everyone* grows a garden, lots of people can, and even keep chickens. Even people who don’t are more aware of it and the benefits.

  2. Annie Carlson says:

    From my view of the first class cabin (from the first row of coach) on my way home Friday afternoon, they were served soup! It was a thick chowder-type soup with a sandwich and a brownie type dessert. I have a fabulous crock pot that has a locking lid, I’d be glad to tell Delta where they could get one. I think warm cookies and milk would be a wonderful airplane snack. Just imagine the calm that would exude from row after row….

  3. I do think that as we eat more at home, and out of our own gardens, it is weird when you have to be out and you get anything that is packaged. The thought that there’s a mile wide island floating out in the ocean of garbage plastic is my reminder. I like watching the old movies where even the bread is wrapped in butcher paper.

    I love you Father in law’s imaginative, innovative ideas are brilliant! Why not , Why not? I love the soup idea. Maybe the cookies could be wrapped in a paper napkin.

  4. Ruth Stolz says:

    Just finishing “Folks…” I’m loving it! From a sister “Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-lunatic-farmer/gardener”, I used to think I was abnormal, thank the Lord above I’m not! I also homeschooled my 3 children, raise a garden, am in search for “real” food, and normal authors/organizations that are pointing us in the right direction. Still working on my husband, family and neighbors, trying to convert them normalness. I found out about you from Wendall Berry which led to Michael Pollen. Also like Barbara Kingsolver, Sir Albert Howard (love compost too), Joan Dye Gussow and Allan Chadwick, among others. I was impressed with an Asheville NC coffee shop “Green Light Cafe”, who get their food ingredients from local sources, as do the restaurant you supply.

    Joel and Teresa, I could “rant” about the unethical evils of our industrial schools. I became a certified teacher after being an “abnormal” homeschooler. Why are our schools failing? How about “invented spelling”, “cooperative learning”, and dumbing down expectations! It is disheartening. America needs a double dose of normalness! Keep telling the truth.
    Thank you!