My Food Trend Prediction for 2011

Posted on Jan 11 2011 - 3:35am by Mike Lieberman

One of the food blogs that I regularly read, Fooducate, had a post 2011 Food and Nutrition Trends.

It was a recap from some of the top food industry experts Marion Nestle, The Food Channel, Food & Wine and Mintel.

I’d like to contribute my predicted 2011 food trend as well. I am going to predict that people will continue to take their food back from the hands of corporations.

More people will start to grow their own food and reestablish that connection with their food source. It’s already begun, and I believe will continue to.

Personally, I receive several emails on a weekly basis from people saying that they have started already, whether it’s one herb on a windowsill, raised beds in their backyard or a little something on the patio.

People are starting to get sick (figuratively and literally) of what’s being produced and pushed off as food. That includes all of the processed, packaged, genetically modified and sprayed foods. I can give plenty of reasons why to grow your own food.

I’ve said it over and over again, it doesn’t have to be a huge garden. Just one plant will make a difference for the health of you, your friends, family and environment.

My other predication for 2011 is that this won’t be a trend and it will become a lifestyle choice for people. Trends come to and end. This won’t.

What’s your food trend prediction for 2011?


  • alan

    Here are some predictions Mine are added in the comments.

    Keep Growing.

  • Mike Lieberman

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Al Kavadlo

    Wow, you have a lot of faith in the general public, Mike. I applaud your optimism!

  • Anonymous

    My prediction is that the economy will drive more people to produce more of their own food.

    The other half of that is that people who do not grow their own food will be forced by the economy to buy more processed and fast food. Fruits and vegetables are expensive, and prices in general are rising. Frozen pre prepared food is cheaper, faster, easier, and all of the fast food joints have 99 cent menus.

    People are going to have to choose between buying cheaper worse food or putting in the time and effort to grow their own better food.

  • Mike Lieberman

    I think it’ll slowly happen. I don’t think everyone will start growing, but more and more will.

  • Mike Lieberman

    I choose the latter.

  • Anonymous

    Very true, which reminds me, I need to get to work on increasing my salad greens production…

  • Mike Lieberman

    Yea you needs to get on that. I have a few more containers that I’ve been meaning to make as well.

  • Junglemn

    WHY IS THE CRIMSON PIRATE USING A YELLOW SKULL AND CROSS BONES???? I have more of a desire than a prediction i would like to see at least one small burpee or jiffy growing tray in each house by 2012 wheather its summer crop winter crop herbals or even just a look pretty crop tha would be my one wish

  • Mike Lieberman

    That would be pretty dope.

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  • Cindy

    Agreed- my lettuce and radishes are in the ground (I am in the Pacific Northwest) and I will continue planting throughout the summer. I have a vegetable garden and mix some veggies into my flower beds!

  • Mike Lieberman

    Please tell me they are edible flower beds? 😉

  • Mike Lieberman

    Please tell me they are edible flower beds? 😉

  • Mike Lieberman

    Please tell me they are edible flower beds? 😉

  • Manure Tea Gardening

    Love it Mike, yes awareness of what we eat, were it comes from (hopefully everyone’s yard whenever possible) and how it is raised in a most for all of us! 2011 is the year to start : )

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  • @ginabegin

    Amen, Mike! I love the power to the people sentiment going on here and believe it is the only way we can take our food back. It’s got to be people making those choices- choices which tell food companies where we’re willing to spend our money. Where our money goes, there also will companies follow. 

  • Mike Lieberman

    George Washington still rules this country.