Sunday, January 9, 2011

Is food a thing or a relationship?

This is a question that took me some time to come to terms with. But, here’s the deal, what would happen if we were to start thinking about food as less of a thing and more of a relationship? In nature, that is of course precisely what eating has always been: relationships among species in system we call food chains, all the way down to the soil. Species co-evolve with the other species they eat, and very often there develops a relationship of interdependence. A gradual process of mutual adaption transforms something like an apple or a squash into a nutritious and tasty food for an animal Similarly, cow milk didn’t start out as a nutritious food for humans; in fact, it made them sick until people who lived around cows evolve the ability to digest milk as adults. Health is, among other things, the product of being in these sorts of relationship in a food chain—a great many relationships in the case of an omnivorous creature like man. Omnivores are species that eat both plants and animals as their primary food source. They are opportunistic, general feeders not specifically adapted to eat and digest either meat or plant material primarily. This creates quite a dilemma for most people that are trying to eat healthy and have bought into the vegan craze. If you’d like to learn more about the pitfalls of veganism, read the following article and visit the "Food Inc." website:
As always, bon appétit!

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