We are standing at what is both a very challenging and exciting time in our history as it relates to our personal and societal relationships with food. There is a growing consciousness surrounding our food supply and an expanding influence of industry over that very supply. We are seeing an increase in available knowledge which brings with it the power that we are now beginning to claim over one of the most important decisions we can make both consciously and unconsciously, day in and day out, regarding our health and well-being: what we eat.
There is almost no other component of our daily lives of more importance than food. The role of sustenance goes well beyond that of meeting basic nutritional needs and holds itself as an integral part of our interactions with one another. Food not only fuels us. It bonds us. It brings pleasure to us. It is both celebration and tradition.
The future of our food – and our health – is becoming the subject of increased attention and debate. We are beginning to demand more for our health: increased access to organic foods, less use of additives, chemicals, antibiotics, hormones and genetically modified crops. Organic food choices are expanding. Actions are being taken to improve school lunches. Community gardens are continuing to flourish. Farmer’s Markets are filled with people and connection and health.
My hope for this blog is to not only share with you my education in and passion for all foods healthy and life-giving, but to help you access the wealth of information and resources that will enable you to make informed decisions about what you put into your body and how that impacts not only your health but the health of both our society and environment. This is not just your source for fun and delicious recipes (although there will of course be many of those!) but it is also a platform in which we can together explore the role of Genetically Modified (GM) Foods, organic farming, community gardens, sustainable agriculture, farm to school initiatives and the slow food movement. I welcome any and all suggestions, links and thoughts you wish to share.
Following a biotech conference in 1999, at which GM Food Industry leaders outlined their plan for saturating the market with altered food sources, a consultant from our firm was quoted as saying that “The hope of the industry is that over time, the market is so flooded that there’s nothing you can do about it. You just sort of surrender”.
There will be no surrender.
The food revolution has begun.