Lisa get­ting back to food ba­sics in new book that’s to launch at Food Fair

The Kerryman (North Kerry) - - NEWS -

WELL-KNOWN Kerry artist Lisa Fin­gle­ton re­placed her brush with pen in a recent mis­sion to wake peo­ple up to the na­ture of to­day’s food mar­ket and en­cour­age them back to good, whole­some lo­cal pro­duce.

It’s a mis­sion get­ting a great plat­form at the Lis­towel Food Fair, where Lisa will launch the book ‘ The Lo­cal Food Project’ at the Arms Ho­tel on Mon­day, Novem­ber 12, at 7pm. It is a clar­ion call to food and health aware­ness, with a mes­sage Food Fair founder Jimmy Deeni­han called ‘stark’. And it all came from a BLT Lisa bought. Think­ing three in­gre­di­ents be­tween bread? Think again.

“One day I bought a BLT sand­wich in a petrol sta­tion and I couldn’t be­lieve that there were over 40 listed in­gre­di­ents from all over the world in­clud­ing such things as Diglyc­erides of Fatty Acids, xan­than gum, emul­si­fier and sta­bilis­ers,” Lisa said.

Palm oil was an­other - an ever pre­sent in­gre­di­ent in pro­cessed foods these days and one Lisa knows ex­actly the price of, hav­ing seen the dev­as­ta­tion palm plan­ta­tions have wreaked on the rain­forests of Bor­neo with her own eyes.

The BLT rev­e­la­tion caused Lisa to com­pletely re­think our ap­proach to food and the glob­alised na­ture of the food in­dus­try. She duly un­der­took the 30-day chal­lenge to eat only lo­cally-pro­duced food, learn­ing so much in the process - all of it now to be shared with read­ers.

“I am de­lighted the book will be launched at the Lis­towel Food Fair. The book ex­plores the power of grow­ing and eat­ing lo­cal food. In­cor­po­rat­ing draw­ings, pho­tog­ra­phy and text, the book is the cul­mi­na­tion of three years of work. The book is cre­atively pre­sented in jour­nal style and is filled with ideas and ac­tions for peo­ple who think global and want to act lo­cal,” she said.

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