Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The More Things Change

I was reading a biography about Juliette Gordon Low, founder of the Girl Scouts.  During World War I, the idea was that "food will win the war" and that if families grew and conserved their own food, more would be available to send overseas to soldiers.

Housewives pledged to:
  • use all leftovers
  • adhere to voluntary rationing plans such as wheatless Mondays and porkless Saturdays
  • plant a kitchen garden
  • preserve their garden's excess
These remind me of current initiatives to reduce, reuse, recycle, meatless Mondays, and the resurgence of home gardening and backyard farming.  Canning is also making a comeback.

As part of the war effort, Girl Scouts pledged to "give up candy and soda water".  Perhaps the children of today need a more noble cause to help them make better food and beverage choices.  If not for themselves, then whom?

Juliette Gordon Low-The Remarkable Founder of the Girl Scouts, Stacy Cordery, 2012

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