About this project
We see the Progressive Kitch podcast as a powerful platform for debate, discussion, and exploration of food issues impacting individual health, environmental sustainability, social justice, and national food policy.
Our food system in its current incarnation is wildly dysfunctional, on every level. Like they say in all the recovery programs: admitting we have a problem is the first step to getting better!
With any sociopolitical issue (which the modern industrial food paradigm certainly is), lasting positive change depends on three things: widespread public acknowledgement of the problem AS a problem; political will to pursue alternatives, based on public demand; and general consensus among movement participants about the best path forward.
As a society, we seem to be on step one: there's a rising tide of awareness that what we're doing in the US, food-wise, isn't working. But there's also a lack of cohesive insight about what to do to fix the problem; and citizen agitation isn't strong enough yet to outweigh corporate interests, in motivating political leaders to act in the interests of 'We the People' when it comes to food policy.
Complicating the problem, force of habit wields its own inertia: even with rising awareness of the health, environmental, and ethical problems caused by a standard American diet, change can be intimidating -- and, without support, unsuccessful.
Progressive Kitch seeks to tackle modern food issues with a two-pronged fork: by increasing awareness and then by providing support for those seeking change, we hope to offer both a clearer view of the best path forward and sturdy walking shoes with which to stride it!
I've been working on an ebook compiling my work on eatdrinkbetter.com, during the past year, addressing food ethics, sustainability, and progressive kitchening -- along with a tasty collection of healthy plant-based recipes of my own devising. I'm planning to synchronize the book release with the podcast launch, and happily throw a free copy into the perks list for some potential backers.
Funding is needed primarily for recording equipment, technical support, and initial advertising, to bring Progressive Kitch to the attention of food revolutionaries (or food revolutionaries-to-be!) who understand the power of food choices to change the world for the better!
We also urgently need to be able to carve out some time to devote to getting the podcast project off the ground, while still continuing to live indoors and enjoy functioning utility services. If project funding exceeds initial goals, the overage will be split between extending initial marketing efforts and temporarily reducing other work obligations, in order to pour time into launching this project.
Many heartfelt thanks to all who support Progressive Kitch!
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." -- Margaret Mead
Risks and challenges
Risks of the project are minimal -- once funded and launched, it will be self sustaining. Challenges involve connecting with potential listeners, and continuing to improve audio quality and website services to ensure the broadest access and best possible experience, for Progressive Kitch members and listeners. As we build a strong base of members and donors, financial support from our audience will be used to meet these challenges.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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