If someone were to spontaneously ask you where does the food you eat come from, would you know the answer? Do you know who grows it and how? What are the steps taken and the ingredients used to turn your food into meals? How does the food reach markets and stores before it finally finds its way onto your plate?
It is a little ironic that while our diets largely influence our health and wellbeing, we do not know much about the food that we put in our bodies.
While most of us can easily take decisions about our personal lives – for instance, what we want to wear, who our friends are, or where we want to go – we rarely take the time when it comes to choosing food that can sustain and improve our health and prolong our life.
Food is our lifeline, yet we are largely disconnected from it. Instead, we are trapped in the illusion that we have the freedom to buy and consume products that we supposedly want and need, but know little about.
Let’s get to know a bit more about today’s food system: how it operates, why it operates the way it does, and how it creates plates of injustice, as it pushes for infinite economic growth on a planet with finite resources.