The Future of Food

We all love Food!  I thought I knew alot about food, how to grow it, how to store or preserve it, how to cook it, eat it……but I’ve discovered that I know nothing!  My son Marty awakened my interest to the business of food a few years ago when he introduced me to the BBC’s series “The Future of Food” http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00m9xjc/episodes/guide.  It talks about the food and its relation to global warming, oil prices, sustainability,over- fishing the seas, the importation of food worldwide, declining water reserves, population,…. I was blown away and still am.

Fresh fish

So now, every single purchase and thought I make about the food I grow or buy and eat is done ‘thought-fully’.  I began to learn a few years ago that the seeds available for planting in gardens and farms alike, were all “owned” by only a few multinational corporations.  They owned the keys to the future of mankind!  I began in earnest, to grow non-hybrid or ‘heritage’ food and save seeds from my own garden for the following year .  But I realize that I have a long way to go….

I recently watched a documentary about chocolate (‘The Dark Side of Chocolate’) -which I  love – and was disturbed to learn about how African children are enslaved by cocoa bean growers, some after their parents have sold them!  Chocolate that ends up in KitKats and other popular candy, even though those companies promise that they do not purchase child-slavery chocolate.  Undercover journalists prove that they in fact do.  You can watch it here:

http://www.cultureunplugged.com/play/4809/The-Dark%20Side%20of%20Chocolate        Now I’m trying to responsibly choose ‘fair trade/grown’ chocolate, which is no easy task.

I don’t pretend to know everything…..actually, I’m learning alot these days on my journey through this life
“Eating locally is not just a fad; it may be the best thing you can do for the health of the environment.” – David Suzuki.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Betty
    Mar 30, 2012 @ 03:02:00

    Great read…. Can’t wait to watch these videos… I too am trying to buy local… and support the farmers in our community… I recently started making my own almond milk… It truly is the best milk I have ever tasted… and I know EXACTLY what is in it!!!…. I don’t think I will ever drink “cows” milk ever again… especially after I heard what they put in it…and I’m very disturbed by the inhumane way the animals are treated… This is my opinion only….Try to buy local as much as you can!!!

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