A neighbor brought this over for us this week, and I couldn’t help sharing.
I especially like numbers 1-4. Five and six seem like tenets everyone pretty much holds dear, right? And no one wants to waste food.
But I like that the US Food Administration is promoting these two things when it comes to the nation and food: thoughtfulness and local buying (not sure when the “and Drug” was added but found this interesting as well and will have to do some research when I am not buried in children with colds, holidays, birthdays, and spring farm work).
Supermarkets and fast food make it so easy to not have to think about what’s for dinner. And even those of us who give a lot of our attention to what we eat and where it comes from have those nights when we hit dinner-time wishing we didn’t have to think about it (Don’t we? At least I still do on “those” nights). My point being, the allure of easy and mind-less is there even for the diligent.
I feel the burden of all the thought I put into how we eat every time I go to the grocery store. Local, Organic, non-GMO, non-processed…and for us gluten and dairy and soy free…and meat we really only want to get at farmer’s market or from our farm–it isn’t easy to make these choices today simply because they are not the choices everyone is making.
Not the majority of consumers. Not the supermarkets or fast food chains (even though the marketing is there). And not the US Food and Drug administration.
If they were, our food culture would look much different. And easy and thoughtful would coincide beautifully with one another.
Free trade, globalism, commodities, and large-scale meat production are where most of our federal government’s food policy energy goes. A lot of things have changed in the last 100 or so years apparently.
But there is hope. And I do hope that we all can be a part of bringing some things on that list back to the front of people’s minds when they are thinking about what to eat.
Food. Buy it with thought. Cook it with care.
(And in my opinion and that of the 1917 US Food Administration, you should also consider using less wheat and unethically raised meat).