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Will You Take the Unprocessed Challenge?

We often talk about the importance of eating “real food,” of choosing food that’s “good, clean, and fair,” and of supporting local producers who are committed to sustainable practices. But could you add to those criteria “unprocessed?” Could you go for an entire month without consuming processed food?

Andrew Wilder is challenging himself to do just that. October:Unprocessed is his attempt to eat only unprocessed foods for the month of October, and he’s inviting Slow Food Los Angeles members and friends to take the challenge, too.

What qualifies as unprocessed food? Generally speaking, “any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with readily available, whole-food ingredients.” Seems straightforward, but questions soon arise. (What about chocolate? Coffee? Flour?) Andrew has shared the parameters he’s going to follow on his site, but he encourages those who join the challenge to take the pledge on their own terms.

This isn’t a contest: Rather, it’s an experiment, a way to heighten awareness of our food habits and to reevaluate the food choices we make.

For more details about the challenge, to take the pledge, or to see what others are saying about their experiences during the month, visit the October:Unprocessed website.