This image brings home the idea that what we choose to feed ourselves and our family has a profound impact on our health and indeed, who we are as people. Even more importantly, who our children and family become in the future.
We are defined by our interactions with the world. To succinctly sum up our relationship with food and the world, Michael Pollan said it best; "The way we eat represents our most profound interaction with the natural world."
Delving into the way we eat, why we eat, and the effects these factors have on our health- physical, mental, emotional- define who we are to ourselves, to our community, and to the natural world. We define ourselves one choice at a time.
More often than not, we as Americans prioritize price and time, or efficiency, into our food decisions over other considerations. However, more and more of us are becoming aware of the consequences of basing our food choices economics alone. In more numbers today than ever, people are waking up to the fact that their food is full of cheap fillers, dyes, hormone disruptors, antibiotics, hormones, agricultural chemicals like pesticides, herbicides, and synthetic fertilizer residues. To compound the issue, we are learning that producing this cheap food in mass quantity creates other problems; environmental and soil degradation, pollution, species extinction, disease proliferation. Delving into this world can be scary. It's one of self realization, of becoming aware of a problem and wanting to change, but unsure how. Let's not kid around; this is a big problem.
The solution is not an easy one. We currently do not have the infrastructure to feed our nation with nutrient-dense locally sourced, responsibly produced food. The good news is, you can help!
Your choice to spend your food dollars locally, for food that is raised responsibly with environmental stewardship at the forefront of priorities, can change the economic landscape. It's happening right now. With every choice we make, we define ourselves, and create relationships. Would you rather be in an intimate relationship with a box of cereal or a fresh ground bowl of hot oats? The choice is yours!
To Your Health!