Are you connected to your food?

Ask yourself the question “How connected am I to the food I eat”?

I have found just chatting to people, not many are actually invested or connected to the food they eat, eating is a massive part of our lives, in the western world where there is an abundance of food, it is almost taken for granted that there will be food for breakfast, lunch and dinner. That if you have the money you can walk into a shop or supermarket and have your pick of any food you desire, and that is where the connection has been lost, food from all over the world is sold, hundreds and sometimes thousands of miles from coming out of the ground to reaching your plate.

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Do you know without looking where the rice in your cupboard is from? if you eat meat do you know where your bacon is from? how has that rice been processed? how has the pig been treated?

Do you even think it’s important to know the answers or are you just happy to eat it and not really care as long as you have food?

We really all should be bothered and aware because it connects us back to nature, it connects us back to a time that our minds may have forgotten, it also makes us grateful for what we are eating which in turn makes us appreciate all that has gone into making your dinner, from the suns rays to help it grow, the goodness in the soil, the water from the rain, to the farmers who have worked hard to cultivate it, to the workers who have picked, washed and cleaned it, did they get a fair wage? were pesticides used? how long did it travel to get to you?

Learning about your food makes you mindful, grateful and connected which can help you make ethical and sustainable food choices, which is important for the planet, for future generations and for our wellbeing.

If you have children you could turn this into a game, print off or draw a map of the world and get your children to look at the labels on your food products and mark them on the map, you may all be surprised how far that sweet potato has travelled!

Be conscious of choosing more local products if possible (although this is trickier when it comes to organic) and how about growing some of your own food?, seeds are really inexpensive and you don’t need a lot of space, check out 66 things you can grow in containers and your windowsill

This is also a great way for children to learn where food comes from, I have found it encourages picky eaters to try different veggies too if they have grown them.

If you want to find out more about meat and the countries with better welfare have a look here or buy the book

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