This is not an easy post to write, mostly because I’m not quite sure what I’m trying to say. Distractions are abundant and the topics of conversation are infinite in our media flooded, idea permeated and opinion focused society. So it’s sometimes easy to lose sight of what you think and what you want to stand for.
When something reminds you however, it’s a great feeling of relief and clarity, almost like an epiphany. A few moments ago I followed a link to a random video and I ended up watching a short film on sustainable farming on The Perennial Plate website. The people in the video were not trying to push their morals or their highly informed opinions on anyone, they were merely farmers growing and selling food locally in the American Midwest, living their lives in a way that made them happy.
Obviously not everyone can be a small-scale local farmer. No one is advocating that this is the only way to have a purposeful and happy life. However, the values held by these people seem to be getting farther and farther away from the mainstream, when in fact they are simple and beautiful ones: live in a way that is harmonious with your environment, be content and don’t crave everything under the sun.
It can be argued that industrial farming practices are slowly destroying the health and moral fibre of our society. You can hardly buy bread at the store that doesn’t have at least five additives on the list of ingredients. At the same time, food prices continue to rise, leaving poor countries in actual situations of starvation.
These are just a few thoughts and far from a clear vision. If you’d like to see some inspiring examples of ‘socially responsible and adventurous eating’ head over to the Perennial Plate website.