Analyzing what we eat
I like to eat, don’t you? I mean we have to do it every day, right? The alternative is pretty grim. But how much thought do we give to what we eat?
I’ve been thinking a lot about food lately, and what kinds of food we have access to here in Delaware; how vital the food we eat is for our bodies to function properly and how lucky we are to have great resources for fresh, locally-grown, nutritious foods through our Farmer’s Markets, Community Markets and our grocery stores.
Consider what you ingest each day — what’s in it? Can you pronounce the ingredients? Where did it come from? Did it originate as a plant or in a plant? These are the questions we need to grapple with as consumers and as eaters. How do we make healthy choices when our stores are saturated with so many convenience foods?
All this has been floating around in my brain recently thanks to the series of speakers Ohio Wesleyan is bringing to campus this fall as part of the 2012 Sagan National Colloquium (that’s a fancy word for academic seminars — I like it, though; it’s fun to say). The topic this year is “Bite!: Examining the Mutually Transformative Relationship Between people and Food.” The speakers that have been here and will continue to come are so interesting — especially if you like to eat.
Vegan chef Bryant Terry had lots to say about his activism with helping create access to fresh local foods for all, especially those in inner cities. He inspired me to continue to go that extra mile when it comes to utilizing our local resources and preparing fresh, plant-based meals. I wax and wan with my vegan diet but his insights motivated me. Even if you aren’t vegan, his thoughts and comments on food are applicable to anyone who eats.
I really enjoyed seeing nationally-known farmer, author and lecturer Joel Salatin who has been called “the High Priest of the Pasture.” In his talk last week on campus, he was energetic, educational and hilarious. I am two chapters into his book Folks, This Ain’t Normal (Center Street, 2011) and am struck by his candor, his intelligence and his care and concern for humans and nature and how we can (and used to) live together in a symbiotic relationship.
To learn more about future speakers at OWU, visit snc.owu.edu.
Tuesday Trippier lives in Delaware, is a writer and mother of four with a special interest in green living.