Mar 6th, 2007
It seems that there is a lot to learn about how we eat. Everyday we ask ourselves questions like should I eat organic vs. local, whole foods vs. procesessed foods, free-range vs. the other. The strange part about these food dilemmas we face is it should not be this difficult. We as consumers have been pushed so far away from the food system that we no longer have an understanding of how it works. Much of the processed food we eat have become so ever present that we hardly even bat an eye before throwing it into our shopping cart. This is not the food our grandparents ate. Even our parents were not forced to ask these questions on a daily basis.
I am not advocating for us all to quit our jobs, move out to the country and buy a farm. I actually think we can do a better job influencing our food system here in the cities and the ‘burbs. By visiting farmer’s markets, local grocery stores and restaurants that purchase food locally, we put our money where our mouth is (no pun intended). Living in a capitalist society where money controls what we eat….we have the choice to give the money to the people that will give us good stuff to eat.
We can still enjoy our Donuts and Doritos every once in awhile, we just need to remember to pick up some fresh fruit at a roadside stand on our way home.