Have we lost our connection with food?

I think for the majority of us, we have lost our connection with food. Sure we eat the stuff everyday, but there’s something missing. Something not quite right.

As we currently stand, too many of us do not know how our food is grown, where it comes from, and how it effects our bodies. While food labelling has become more transparent about these things (although sometimes feels a little deceptive too), many of us are still clueless about food’s impact. Not only on us personally, but on the planet as a whole.

I also feel that many of us do not appreciate food for what it can give. Many people are “too busy” to stop and enjoy a meal, and would rather “grab something quick and easy”. We do not often sit down as a family, or group of friends, to enjoy food together. Food has been reduced to simply remove the sensation of hunger, which I think is both unhealthy, and pretty sad.

When I think of having a connection with food, my mind pictures post-war Britain (stay with me for a second!). Of allotments, and keeping your own chickens, and going to your local butchers or baker. Obviously as someone of the millennial generation these thoughts are not memories, but of an amalgamation of images I have seen in history classes, and ideas from my own imagination. But those images still resonate with me.

Of course, it’s not really practical for everyone to grow their own food. Especially in highly developed areas, where greenery is but a rare oasis in a sea of grey, and convenience is king. Why attempt to grow or cook anything when you can grab any type of food you want at any time?

But what we can do is to learn more about how the food is made. About where it’s come from, and the environmental impact it is having. Agriculture contributes to a large proportion of CO2 emissions, and making choices on what foods you purchase and consume adds to your own carbon footprint.

I’m not attempting to shame you, or anyone for that matter, for the foods that you eat. There are so many factors that go into the choices you make when deciding what to eat. But taking the time to educate yourself, and learning how to prepare more meals, will help you to make healthier food choices.

What do you think? Do you agree with what I’ve said? Do you think we have lost our connection with food? Let me know in the comments below!

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