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What are you eating?
What are you eating?
Slow Food USA
Every day, each of us goes on a hunt for food. For some of us, that hunt means simply opening a fridge or ordering take-out. But for some of us, that hunt is a little more difficult. In fact, it is estimated that globally a billion people go hungry every day.
But the hunt for food is only part of the story. We also grow it, ship it, sell it, buy it, cook it and - mmmm - taste it.
Many of us control our diets in pursuit of greater health, like vegetarians and vegans and macrobiotics. But many of us are also controlled by food, like those of us who are sugar addicts, or who are anorexics or bulimics or yo-yo dieters, plagued by guilt because we don't look like super-skinny supermodels (who maintain their skeletal figures by eating almost nothing!)
And then there are the Genetically Modified Foods (GMO), called 'frankenfoods' by some and 'the key to ending global famine' by others. Are transnational food giants helping solve the world's food crisis or making it worse?
Some of us live on farms (though fewer and fewer of us, as family farms are steamrolled by agri-business). Some of us flip burgers in fast-food joints. Some of us still need Mom to show us how to cook an egg. But for all of us food is a daily reality.
We've come a long way since our ancestors hunted and fished and gathered nuts and berries. From the days when we were a tasty part of the food chain. We still need food to live, but how do we live with food today?
If you haven't seen the movie Food Inc. you might want to (before lunch not after!) for some insight into where most of our food comes from. On the flipside, here is a video introduction to Community Supported Agriculture (CSA), an anti-agribusiness movement. And here are videos about two CSA's, organic Greenbranch Farm in Maryland and Tiny Farm, started by two young women in Athens, Georgia.
Transgenic GMO food does have many supporters, but it has many critics too, particularly of the imposition of GMO crops on developing countries, and although we almost all eat GMO food, many people prefer Slow Food. Or, if you can afford it you can always try one of the top 50 restaurants in the world.
Have you ever heard of molecular gastronomy? I bet they don't serve that in your school cafeteria. Of course, not all schools serve the same food! One amazing school cafeteria crusader has been chef Jamie Oliver. He's not a fan of our Fast Food Nation or Epic Meal Time (no link needed!) for that matter.
Here's a fascinating history of food, and here are the 20 greatest inventions in the history of food. This portrait of what the world of eats is eye-opening too. But what we all definitely need is food security.