Written by Anoja Muthucumaru
This week I was reading Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma and I was shocked to learn the amount of corn we eat. There are corn additives in everything- cereal, bread, lunch meats- everything! Our poultry is even fed corn! Today for breakfast I had corn with a side of corn and a glass of corn, all in the form of high-fructose corn syrup.
As funny as it might seem it made me think about the lack of diversity in our meals. This book stresses its readers to be active participants in what they eat. This means not letting labels tell the story of our food, and to be active investigators in finding out how our food is made. This might mean going to the source, like a farmer’s market.
The farmer’s market is a great way to write our own story about our food. At a farmer’s market the farmer is also the grocer, and they know exactly how they produced their products, if it’s meat, cheese, bread, or oats for oatmeal. Learning to tell a story about where food comes from and the individuals that make it is a great way to teach young children to be conscious about food.
Diversity in our meals is possible, but that involves searching out the story of our food rather than leaving it all up to the labels.