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Fermenting food movement
Nathan Batalion, Global Health Activist, Healingtalks Editor
(Healingtalks) We don’t necessarily agree with all of Sandor Katz’s underground fermenting movement’s ideology. This is because he tends to be too indiscriminate or omnivorous and not especially vegan. Unlike him, we are not much into eating ants, even though apes do love them!
However, we greatly applaud his strong highlighting of the dead nature of our whole industrial food stream plus that there are viable, alive, and healing alternatives.
An Underground Food Movement
This article is about Sandor Katz and his underground food movement. Katz is a self-avowed “fermentation fetishist” and travels around the country giving lectures and demonstrations, spreading the gospel of sauerkraut, dill pickles, and all foods transformed and ennobled by bacteria.
His two books—“Wild Fermentation” and “The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved”—have become manifestos and how-to manuals for a generation of underground food activists, and he’s at work on a third, definitive volume.
Katz was on his way to the Green Path, a gathering of herbalists, foragers, raw-milk drinkers, and roadkill eaters in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains. The groups in Katz’s network have no single agenda or ideology. Some identify themselves as punks, others as hippies, others as evangelical Christians; some live as rustically as homesteaders—the “techno-peasantry,” they call themselves; others are thoroughly plugged in. If they have a connecting thread, it’s their distrust of “dead, anonymous, industrialized, genetically engineered, and chemicalized corporate food.”
Sandor Katz’s Background
Katz was a political activist long before he was a fermentation fetishist. At Brown, as an undergraduate, his causes were standard issue for the time: gay rights, divestment from South Africa, U.S. out of Central America. After graduation, Katz moved back to New York. He took a job as the executive director of Westpride. As the AIDS epidemic escalated, in the late eighties, Katz became an organizer for ACT UP. Then, in 1991, he found out he was H.I.V.-positive. The virus transformed Katz’s political ambitions. He focused on curing himself. In 1992, Katz moved to Hickory Knoll (the name has been changed) in Tennessee. Hickory Knoll was something of a legend in the gay community: a queer sanctuary in the heart of the Bible Belt, with no television or hot running water—just goats, vegetable gardens, and gay men.
Sandor Katz’s Mission
Katz’s experiments with fermentation, including his recipe for sauerkraut, involve what he calls “the safest food there is.” Katz educates others about the raw-milk movement and discusses the safety of raw milk.
Other practitioners of the primal diet believe in the importance of eating raw meat, and foraging food such as acorns and ants.
Based on an article from the New Yorker published Nov. 22, 1020 and by Burkhard Bilger
Read more http://www.newyorker.com/reporting/2010/11/22/101122fa_fact_bilger#ixzz1FTxbkAZa
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