18 Jan '12, 1pm

The cleaner plate club: Making sustainable food realistic for parents

The cleaner plate club: Making sustainable food realistic for parents

About a month ago, I heard a story on NPR’s Morning Edition about a study on working mothers and multi-tasking . Moms, the study said, are on overdrive during the hours they’re with kids. Many described the hours between 5 and 8 p.m. as the “arsenic hours.” The result? Their pre-frontal cortex was overloaded, their brains frazzled, and their decision-making impaired. “Yup,” I thought to myself. “Exactly.” With that study in mind, I’d like to propose a change to how we think about parents and food: that rather than seeing parents’ constant reaching for convenience food as some sort of moral failing, let’s view it instead as a call for help — a form of crying “uncle” amidst a staggering number of stressors in our not-very-family-friendly society. Here’s the thing: I am a Monsanto-hatin’, farmers-market-shoppin’, card-carrying CSA member. I believe small is beautiful, that lo...

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