When we launched this magazine in June of 2013, we promised you that we would celebrate the food cultures of Tucson and the borderlands. We called our magazine Edible Baja Arizona because we believed that the borderlands—the region we call Baja Arizona—was a place unlike anywhere else in the world, a place we wanted to celebrate, explore, and protect.
We are doubling down on that commitment.
In The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan wrote: “‘Eating is an agricultural act,’ as Wendell Berry famously said. It is also an ecological act, and a political act, too. Though much has been done to obscure this simple fact, how and what we eat determines to a great extent the use we make of the world—and what is to become of it.”
Regular readers of this magazine know that we agree with Pollan and others that the food we consume every day is inextricably linked to a complex web of economic and political realities. This awareness demands our attention if we care about economic justice, environmental quality, and the essential diversity that keeps both societies and bioregions healthy. We explore those critical linkages in many of the stories we publish, and that sensibility will continue to inform the journalism in Edible Baja Arizona.
In that context, the events that have unfolded following the presidential election have us deeply concerned. As we go to press, the president-elect has threatened the cultural diversity that exemplifies the borderlands and enriches our community’s way of life; his rhetoric and promised actions seek to diminish the vibrant pulse that beats through this region, resonating back and forth across a border, deep in our soil, and wide across our water. That sentiment, which comes from a place of fear and scarcity, is one that we reject.
We would humbly suggest that there are concrete and positive steps we can take right here in Baja Arizona to help build a stronger, more sustainable, more just and inclusive food system that benefits us all. Doing everything in our power as conscious consumers to think local, support local, eat local, and spend local strengthens our community. Taken together, the accumulation of our daily actions will be a positive and counterbalancing force to what may emanate from Washington, D.C. during a period that may challenge our conceptions of what community—and its importance—really means.
Consider each of these suggestions a potential act of regeneration, an antidote to despair. We’re digging in, here in Baja Arizona. Let’s get to work. ✜