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Soup - Introduction

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Introduction

What does a guide about soup have to do with the global food crisis and building a more sustainable and organic food and farming future?

Actually, everything! In preparing a simple bowl of soup for your family and loved ones sourced from fresh, organic, in season, and ideally local ingredients, you are taking powerful direct action to prepare the earth for a more resilient and sustainable future, both for yourself and for future generations. Whether your ingredients are coming freshly grown from your own backyard or you’ve bought them directly from a real person at the farmers’ market, making the connection between the food you eat and the place it comes from is crucial to a healthy sense of cultural identity.

In a world where the problems we face seem so enormous and intractable, making the food connection is coined perfectly by poet and philosopher Wendell Berry when he wrote “Eating is an agricultural act.” By eating food—in this case soup—with a good story, you are contributing to the solution at a local level, which, scaled up, has global implications.

This guide has been planned with real food enthusiasts in mind. It is organized by produce, so you can look up whatever seasonal produce you’ve come across and find a range of different, wholesome recipes for it. The Soil Association, a UK-based organization that works internationally, has been working for over sixty years to promote a healthier food culture that puts the health and welfare of our environment, our farm animals, and people at center stage. We believe in the power of individual citizens to “be the change” and this guide to making soups is a part of that revolution in our food culture.

Patrick Holden

Director of the Soil Association

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