Help make May 3rd free cookie day

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Everyday I read about more riots over food shortages. I chew my nails watching depressing Washington Post exposés on our wasteful farm subsidies programs.

Alice Medrich's Melting Chocolate MeringuesI remind myself that I buy from farmers markets not out of elitism, but out of hopeful pragmatism.

I remind myself that a simple cookie can be just that- a simple cookie, not a slippery slope towards obesity and diabetes doom.

Times of good food have gotten dark lately.

The more I think on it, the more troubles and grim future lessons I see. I need help bolstering my good thoughts and hope towards global food reform.

Where can cookies fit into this? Not just any cookies, but purchased long distance cookies for others?

David Horvitz is working through his website For You, to offer virtual premeditated acts of good and intention in exchange for payment. With my $30 I am sending a wish of virtual happiness to be distilled into in-hand goodness to a stranger in Los Angeles. Horvitz just wrote to me declaring May 3rd as free cookie day. He is hoping to match my contribution with that of others to have a free cookie give away spree in Los Angeles.

Of course you can complete this act yourself and give away cookies in a town near you. I’m hoping to use this experience to bolster myself into giving away cookies on May 3rd also.

Whether people will readily accept free cookies is another topic for discussion…

6 Comments

posted April 24th, 2008 at 4:12 pm

As soon as you mentioned giving away free cookies, I thought exactly what you said in your last line … wondering if people would accept them. In this day and age, that’s disappointing that we just can’t take cookies from strangers, isn’t it?

posted April 24th, 2008 at 6:48 pm

Not all farm subsidies have been wasteful, those going to large corporate and wealthy farmers have been wrong, but so many average family farmers, who struggle to get by, forced by the government to limit and alter what crops they grow need those subsidies.

Talk to the farmers at your local farmer’s market, they are struggling. If you are not an elite, consider how much more difficult is for small local farmers to grow their crops and provide good healthy food to more people in their local communities with the high costs involved that burden them as much as everyone else.

In my local community, small farmers are being pushed out of even the farmer’s market, because DIY enthusiasts are trying to strong arm market space to sell crochet and knit work, and also illegal aliens last year were found to have been stealing produce from the Walmart grocery store they worked in, and selling it as “organic produce” at the farmer’s market.

Quite honestlly, anyone who claims to care should be more than well aware that the push for bio-fuels have caused the food shortages and high prices for grains. The plain was poorly planned and implemented.. it’s also lead to the clear cutting of forests to grow palm and other types of high sugar crops. The environmental movement have been negligent in their advocacy of this, as they have been in their dealings with third world sweat shops, telling authoritarian governments and corporations that they don’t care about human rights violations as long as they switch to “green” technology.

- Jenny
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posted April 27th, 2008 at 7:20 am

Cookies will be made and given away in Plymouth, IN to support Free Cookie Day. Now that’s a holiday I can get behind.

- Jeromy
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