Bringing It To The Table: Part 2

I will continue my discussion on Wendell Berry’s book, “Bringing It To The Table,” which I have been reading as part of my Food and Society class curriculum. I was so excited to read this book, as it relates perfectly to the content of my blog!

Wendell Berry explains that people in modern society need to “eat responsibly.” This term can mean many things to different people, however, Berry states that to eat responsibly is to understand and enact, so far as one can, the complex relationship between man and food. As confusing as this sounds, he has provided a simple list that everyone can do to be more responsible with their food:

1. Participate in food production to the extent that you can. If you have a yard or even just a porch box or a pot in a window, grow something to eat in it. Therefore, you will appreciate the food fully, having known it all its life.

2. Prepare your own foods. You will be able to instill “quality control” and have some knowledge of what has bee added to the food you are eating.

3. Learn the origins of the food you buy, and buy the food that is produced closest to your home. In other words, EAT FRESH AND LOCAL FOODS!

4. Whenever possible, deal directly with a local farmer, gardener, or orchardist. So, know your farmer, know your food. Maximize your use of CSA boxes and farmer’s markets!

5. Learn as much as you can of the economy and technology of industrial food prodution. For instance what has been added to the foods you are eating?

6. Learn what is involved in the best types of farming and gardening.

7. Learn as much as you can, through direct observation and experience, of the life histories of the food species.

(Excerpt taken from pg. 232)

What are your thoughts on this current passage? Are there any additional tips that should be added to this list? If so, share them here!



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