It’s the question posed in the wildly popular book The Omnivore’s Dilemma which sparked a movement for a return to ethically sourced natural foods. Here are just a few reasons why where your food comes from matters.
We Are Part Of Nature
Do you think of yourself as part of nature? Most humans don’t as we consider ourselves to be evolved far beyond other animals. While we may feel disconnected we are always connected to the circle of life. By recognizing our role in this cycle we can return to a more compassionate, respectful, and responsible way of sourcing, harvesting, and processing the foods we eat.
It’s The Most Environmentally Conscious Change We Can Make
As you look for more ways to support our environment you must underestimate the power of your food choices. Michael Pollan suggests “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” He encourages readers to garden, support local farmers, and eat real food—not fake food products. These changes are not only healthy but as we discussed in our Meatless Monday article just 4 meatless meals a day can:
- Save 33,000 gallons of water
- Save 900 square feet of forests
- Eliminate 600 pounds of CO2gas
While you may not have the time to garden or prepare much of what you eat you can support grocers, farmers, and brands that celebrate and respect nature in their approach to food.