I am having trouble keeping up with this blog.
Reasons for starting the blog:
- Encourage Food Literacy in tandem with healthy eating
- Dispel the myth that healthy eating is expensive
- Justify the “organic farming/sustainability” movement as a one that is for all income levels.
Issues I have run into when talking about these 3 things.
1.What is “healthy eating”?
There are a million and one claims out there telling you what is “healthy.” I am not a nutritionist. I have no authority in the matter. That being said, even registered dieticians and nutritionist are all making opposing statements on what is “healthy.”
My latest approach to food has changed to this: Eat what makes you feel good. As long as it is real food (unprocessed) and grown/raised in an environmentally conscious way then you, as an individual get to determine what you and your body responds best to, no one else.
2. Healthy eating is “expensive” if you don’t value it or put it as a high priority.
I’ve realized that a lot of my friends and family spend a large percentage of their income on things I never do. I spend a much larger portion of my income on food than the average person. I choose to do this, because I value food so much. If you don’t value food and where it comes from, then shifting to the way I eat probably appears “expensive.” I think the conversations surrounding “eating cheaply” need to shift to teaching people to see the value in food and what the hidden costs of cheap food are. Knowing the impact your food has had on people, animals, the environment and the economy are key to understand why food is priced the way it is.
3. Organic farming and the sustainability movement is for all, but there is a divide in the farming community and then a second divide between customers and farmers. What is more important? Local or organic? Is organic the bare minimum standard? What about regenerative Ag?
The world of agriculture is a complicated one. There may not be wariness of organics from a class perspective as I had once thought, but more one between farmers, economic perspectives and political perspectives. The more I learn the more I realize that I need to take a step back, listen first and then work in the field (ha ha) before preaching anything.
How do you document a journey? I am constantly learning, reading and growing. Some of the things I wrote here last year no longer apply to me. I don’t eat the way I used to, I don’t see farming the way I used to. Food literacy is still something that I want everyone to have. I believe in its power to provide people with freedom, but I need to edit how I have that conversation with people.
I recently did a presentation where I asked people to ask themselves two questions when they sat down to eat.
- What impact does the food have on my body (physically and mentally)?
- Who do I depend on for this food and what was its impact on the way to my plate?
Maybe this is how to proceed, by asking each other questions.