Monday, March 16, 2009

Alice's Restaurant

If you're a Baby Boomer like me, you probably remember Arlo Guthrie's 1967 song Alice's Restaurant. The Alice in the song was Alice Brock, a restaurant owner in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. If you're not a Boomer, and you want to learn a little about a fun, satirical piece of American music history, click here to see what Wikipedia has to say about Alice, Arlo Guthrie and the song.

But, Alice Brock is not the Alice I want to introduce you to today. As my regular readers know, I'm a big fan of 60 Minutes. Last night they ran a story on Alice Waters, and her World-famous, French bistro, Chez Panisse, which she started in 1971 in Berkeley, California.

In stark contrast to my February 17th post about the Heart Attack Grill in Chandler, Arizona, which proudly serves artery-clogging burgers that "are worth dying for," Alice only sells locally-grown, organic food that is healthy for us. There's a great story on the CBS News website you can read by clicking here, or you can view the piece with corespondent Lesley Stahl here:

It is very refreshing to see such a positive story about how one woman is making a huge difference in her community and especially in a Berkeley middle school.

What could we do about the obesity problem we have if every middle school in the country were to offer the opportunity to learn about growing organic food, eating healthy and the effects it can have on their students' health?

To look on the other side of the coin, there are many areas of the country that can't grow their own food year-round. Nor, do they have the time to do so, or cook "slow food" as the piece calls it. It is a dilemma with no easy solutions.

As always, I welcome your comments.



1 comment:

Jenni said...

I would love to eat everything organic. I love organic food and anything that is homegrown. We grow our own herbs, peppers, and tomatoes in pots. We don't really have the space for our own garden, but it would be nice. I'm sure many people would like to do the same with all their food but the main problem these days is money and time. Besides, like you said not all states can grow food all year round (Minnesota being one of them). I hope people are able to get the message of how good eating organic is and that the benefits outweigh the costs.