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I decided to take the 'Act' portion of this mission a little further. The question of Food Security is one especially important to me. So, I got to thinking about something I could do, starting first with my group of friends, that would spread to reach a large number of people... This is the idea that I came up with.. I'll post the description of the facebook group my girlfriend and I created to facilitate, as well as a link below...
Description:So here's the idea: Groups of friends getting together and cooking, eating, learning about good food; how to grow it, get it, and provide it to everyone. Simple.
We start with, say, once a week. My hope is that we'll start with a small group of folks who will then branch out into their various groups of friends, etc. etc., until eventually this is how we're eating every night, with different folks. For each meal there are certain criteria (yea just gettin together and grubbin is fine, but if we're gonna change the world we do this thing right.) Here's what I'm thinkin, to start:

1. Dont talk about good clean eats. (jk hehe)
2. The meal must be hand-prepared and home-cooked. Made with your bare hands, and as much from scratch as possible. No bags of Bertolli's or Hamburger Helper, sorry..
3. The meal must be healthy. By this I mean NOT JUNK FOOD. It doesn't have to be tofu and sprouts or anything start with veg-, but its got to be made from good ingredients, with a mind toward providing a well-balanced meal.. Red meat? Sure! As long as you need the protein =D You get the idea..
4. The meal must be comprised of at least 50% local ingredients. This is gonna be the trickiest one. You can go to your local market and find items marked 'Local'.. HEB (Central Market, especially) and Wh*** Foods are really good about marking which of their products are produced locally. Once this gets off the ground I'll be looking into buying directly from local farms and gardens, etc.. Also, potentially some sort of food club, of which I shall explain more later...
5. This is a social endeavor. While I applaud you for cooking yourself some badass local greens, or some such; the point of it being a group is that we do it together =D Besides, I want to get to know you guys better! 3+ people, at least, for an official meal =)
6. Themes are encouraged! Go Mediterranean for a meal. Or a lovely fish and white wine night. One of my favorites that is easily customizable is Taco Night.. Aawww, hell yea..
7. Talk about good eats! the more the merrier

There we go.. those are the beginning criteria. There will likely be additions and amendments, but here's a start. And so, let us Eat, Drink, and Be Merry!
Let me know what you all think! Also, let me know if you fancy the idea and want to start one near you =D It would be cool to get something like this going in multiple places around the world; make it official and junk, spread the word... =D

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