Fermenting For Dummies
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The practice of fermenting helps you get the most out of your food in terms of nutrients and flavor. Before you start your next fermenting project, be sure you know where your food is coming from and how it was raised.

Food is our main source of fuel, yet few of us have ever seen it through its entire life cycle. Our food often travels a long way before we get a chance to eat it. Just take a moment and think of all the people and processes involved in, say, raising cows. In addition to feeding and raising the cows and keeping them healthy, they have to be butchered and processed in a humane and sanitary way. And the meat has to be shipped to distributors who then get it your grocery store.

With so many processes and so much labor involved, it's no wonder that the demand for local and fair-trade food is on the rise, and with this demand comes many different farming certifications that involve organic and sustainable practices.

Educate yourself on the various certifications. Even better, plan a trip to your local organic and non-organic farms. Every farmer has different practices, values, and methods. The more you know about the food and where it’s from, the more you can make informed decisions about what goes into your body! Be daring and ask questions.

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Marni Wasserman is passionate about real food. She inspires people to eat well and live well everyday. She shares many of her recipes and tips at www.marniwasserman.com. Amy Jeanroy is passionate about healthy, homemade foods and has been making and eating fermented food for 20 years. She shares daily recipes on her site, www.thefarmingwife.com.

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