With a growing concern about the food we eat more people are getting involved in the food movement. Food being one of the things that are required for life it is devastating when I see people eating mass produced food that has the nutritional value of a piece of chalk. In today’s world quick and convenient seems to be the norm, what is the easiest thing to cook and cheapest thing to buy in order to fill my stomach. This mentality has sadly become the norm in North America, obesity and health care epidemics are at all-time highs with no foreseeable end to the problem. I write this article out of both frustration and hope that we can change our relation with food and how we both obtain and prepare it.
The relationship we share with our food should be one of respect and awareness, being able to say where my food came from and how it came to sit on my plate is something that brings the reality of what food truly is to the forefront. Food is not something that should come from a cardboard box with Dino fingers stamped on the front in big bold letters. I often here that this type of food is enticing because it is both cheap and plentiful, meaning I can buy a lot of it to feed my family and still have money left over. Why is something as important as food one of the things that we feel the need to cheap out on? I believe it’s because we have become so far detached from what we are actually eating that food is no longer something that we treasure but something that is just another part of our day. It’s sad to think that people believe a chicken nugget or pizza pop is something that constitutes a real meal.
Now many of you may realize from the company name that we are hunters, to me being a hunter is something that I am extremely proud of. I know that where my food is coming from (Mountains and valleys on British Columbia), being able to say this is something that I treasure and take extremely important. The intimate relationship that is shared with that animal is of the highest respect, by the time the steak is sitting on your plate you have the honor of knowing the process that it took to harvest and process that animal, If you truly want free range and pastured meat then hunting is king. I believe that if more people can become involved in hunting we can develop an environment that leads to one of knowledge and respect when it comes to our food and environment.
I also realize that not everybody has opportunity to be in an area that can support or provide the natural resources to hunt large game animals. In this case there is still endless amounts of local producers that are raising meat products in a way in which is both sustainable and healthy. If you are not able to go out participate in hunting then I plead with you to buy food that is produced in a way that promotes sustainability. This means finding your local butcher or farmer and buying from them, stop buying food that is cheap, demand quality! We have to become a culture that promotes food in a way that we can be proud to say where it comes from.
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