TOTAL HEALTH TRANSFORMATION SYSTEM
Food Chain Appreciation
Our food doesn’t just materialize on the supermarket shelves. So where does it come from?
Where does food come from?
Consider the tomato.
The tomato is common. It can be found nearly everywhere, all over the world.
And the tomato is special. No matter how similar they look, each one is unique, with a personal story of a long food chain journey, through nature and society. (Hey, like you.)
This tomato answers questions like:
- Where did you come from, tomato?
- Who picked you?
- What did they pick you from? (A tree? A vine? A shrub?)
- How did you get to me?
Maybe now you’re now wondering… why should you care? You’re trying to get lean, not coddle tomatoes.
One reason you could care is that knowledge lends to appreciation. And in turn, appreciation lends to thoughtfulness and mindfulness. Knowing where your tomatoes and other foods come from can help you lose fat and be healthy.
Why food stories matter
Centuries ago, more people were more connected to food. Humans gathered or produced much food much more individually. There was more common knowledge and understanding of the resources, time, and labor that’s demanded of producing our food.
For many people in a modern, cosmopolitan world, that connection to food has faded.
What’s the state of your connection to your food?
- Do you raise your food?
- Catch it?
- Know where it comes from?
- Understand how it came to be?
- Know the people who produce it?
When you’re disconnected from food, it can be harder to make healthy choices.
The more you know about where your food comes from and how it gets to you, likely the more thoughtful you’ll want to be in making food choices.
Further, with an understanding of food stories, healthy food choices will make more sense. With awareness of the big picture, you’ll have a deeper and clearer understanding of what and why healthy, nourishing foods are that way.
Raise your awareness
- Look at the food around you.
Ask yourself how that food got to you. If you don’t know, think about how you could find out.
- Consider the trip your food made to get to your kitchen.
Look in your fridge or cupboard, pick two foods, and find out where they came from.
Fruits and veggies usually have their place of origin on the sticker or on their signs at the grocery store.
If you want to know more, ask your grocery store’s produce manager or farmers at the farmers’ market.