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You Are What You Eat

There is a trend that has entrenched itself into American culture, alongside our social-media-fed need to share. It supplies both entertainment and a core element of survival. It lies at the heart of every community, revealing the ways in which we treat each other, ourselves, and the life around us. Junk in/junk out or nourish all; this is a choice we face–if we’re lucky–at least three times each day. I’m talking about the route we’ve taken as a society in regards to food.

How many of you have snapped a photo of a beautifully presented plate before devouring the contents, because you just HAD to share the visual experience with your friends? How many times have you watched an onscreen chef make cooking look easy as your mouth watered at the thought of the smell in her kitchen? How many people do you know who follow along as creative cooks compete to win aaccolaides from persnickety judges on reality TV?

Food is social entertainment. This is nothing new. Back home, the annual fair still awards money to the amateur who baked the best homemade chocolate cake. Inside the barn, ribbons get attached to the largest, tastiest specimens. The legacy of Julia Child’s television personality continues to inspire us today. And dining out has long been a hallmark of special occasions, spawning the birth of the Diners’ Club card, the precurser to today’s can’t-live-without credit card.

Dining Out

Ready for an anniversary dinner at the Cliff House in Colorado.

But something rather sinister has been happening while our attention was diverted. Food — the staple of life — has turned industrial. Farmers such as J.I. Rodale have been trying to warn us since the 1930s. And this is not just an American problem. Around the world, we have lost our connection to the living, nutrient-rich, contaminant-free, grains, vegetables, beans, and berries that people and nonhumans alike need to exist.

Where eating was once about cultivation, giants have turned it into profitization.

So what do we do now? First, let us become aware again of the impact of our daily bread. What ingredients does it contain? How did they get to the table? As the indigenous Haudenosaunee people would say in their Thanksgiving Address, “With one mind, we turn to honor and thank all the Food Plants we harvest from the garden. We gather all the Plant Foods together as one and send them a greeting of thanks.”

Then, take decisive action. Look to “Our Bread, Our Freedom” for ideas. This international call-to-action campaign has one goal:

“…to Return to Earth. To her ecological laws to ensure food for all, health for all, work for all. Food and Nutrition are the currency of the cycles of life.”

It is led by Navdanya International, which was founded in Italy in 2011 with the intent to protect Nature, farmers, and indigenous knowledge and culture.

Call to Action Ideas Post

Click on the image above to download a shareable PDF.

The official campaign runs until October 16, 2022. Visit Navdanya International today to learn how you can share these life-giving ideas with all your friends.

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