>Today in Contemporary Food Movements we had two guest speakers to talk to us about the Real Foods Challenge. Two girls who work for the movement are on a road trip across the midwest to talk to college students about how to change the system of large corporations supplying food to college campuses and having “real food” instead. How they define real food is
Local and community based
Ecologically sound (beyond just organic)
Fair in terms of workers rights
Humane in terms of animal treatment
Beyond just college campuses this group is out to re-vamp the corrupt food system that many if not all of us take part in everyday from having no contact with unfairly treated farmers to consuming meat from factory farms that destroy the environment. A big focus with them is EDUCATION about nutrition, where your food comes from and how to gain accessibility to local, nutritious food.
They told us ideally a food system would supply “food that truly nourishes producers, community, consumers and the earth”.
We discussed how all four of these aspects tie into the current food movement and system and how they relate to each other.
I believe that the challenge that must be addressed first is the education of the consumer. If people gain an awareness of what they are eating nutritionally, where it comes from, why it’s important form a good relationship with food that they can put enough demand on the producers to get the ball rolling for real change. These changes will inevitably help communities by supporting local farms and businesses and the environment by not supporting such large corporations that contribute so much to pollution.
What is your opinion on any aspect the current state of our food system?
What do you do to try and change it?
Any thoughts on food education, the earth, corrupt corporations?
My eats today may not have been “real” by this definition but they were real food and real tasty!
For lunch I 1/2 packed and 1/2 got from school