Food is a very strange thing indeed. Although we eat three times a day, everyday, we rarely ever question it. What are we REALLY putting into our bodies? Where does it come from? How was it made? How much energy was used in making it? How much water? Were the animals in bad living conditions?
Farmer’s markets are a movement that is helping local farming and local thinking flourish. Giant mono-crops are crushing food diversity that is crucial to survival. Putting all our eggs in one basket is one of the oldest lessons in history. Ireland back during the potato famine was caused by the lack of diversity in the potato agriculture. They only grew one type of potato, so when a spore come over the island, it turned them all to mush. The natives of South America, on the other hand, grow hundreds of different variety of potatoes and on different sides of the mountain. If one type of potato has a particularly bad season, the people will not go hungry. They have many other types of potatoes to fall back on. The sooner people realize that diversity in everything, food, people; ways of thinking are essential to healthy living and growth.
Sometimes what holds us back is the cost of such food. Though it may seem “unrealistic” to some, the benefits far outlast the alternative. You either pay for good food now, or pay for hospital bills later. Many People’s severe health issues have been severely lessened or even in some cases, completely reversed just from eating right. Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the US, and our health of the environment goes hand in hand with the health of our very being, and vice versa. Going organic can help reduce CO2 into the atmosphere by buying locally; items don’t have to waste fuel transporting the food. The environment can live in harmony if we just realize how to make things local and diverse.
Organic food not only ensures the meat produced is from free-range cows, chickens and pigs but also ensures there are NO pesticides used in any food. Eating locally and organically can significantly solve multiple health and environmental issues. When will we learn that what we put into our body MATTERS? You truly are what you eat.
I know that personally growing up in a Midwest family, I was never taught on what good or bad food was, just that to never waste it. We always were told; eat, as much as you can because one day, they’re might not be any. My grandfather was the youngest of 6 and worked on a farm, dropping out of school by the 8th grade. They would pass the large pot from the oldest to the youngest, since they needed it most. More than not, there would not be any left when it reached him. He suffered much malnutrition from this.
In his later years, still skinny as a rail, he always scraped his plate clean. He would never waste a single thing. Now, he has high blood pressure, low circulation and one day has to amputate his food because of it. Funny how easy it is to go to such extremes. In this world there are the people who have too much and the ones who don’t have enough. We need to make this balance, because one day the scales might not tip back.