Most people today don’t have a great understanding of where food comes from, how it’s made, the journey it makes or where it ends up if it’s discarded. To put it another way, people are disconnected from their food. So many foods are available all year long from the grocery store and very little thought is given to seasonality. Food is becoming more complicated as consumers try to understand the impacts of things like GMOs and pesticides. Most people today don’t even know that a tomato is a fruit or that peanuts grow underground. But all is not lost. There is a movement that has been gaining ground all across the land. People desire a connection with their food once again, and that desire to reconnect will be nurtured by Edible Maine in the hopes of leading to a healthy and well-informed public, a diverse and safe environment and a thriving local economy.
Understanding how and what to eat leads to a healthy life, in fact it’s a necessity. In order to make the best food decisions for ourselves we need to have a deep understanding of what food is, where it comes from and how it was made. What happens when people become disconnected from their food? Without this connection and understanding people are unable to make good decisions about their own health, the health of their environment, or health of their local economy.
The saying used to be “You are what you eat!” Now that a lot of food is made with harmful chemicals and processes the new saying is “You are what you eat eats!” In other words, what you are eating consumed things while it grew and now those things are entering your body. The trend not too long ago was one of further disconnecting from our food but the tables have turned and there is a big movement happening right now. Join Edible Maine while we highlight this movement and promote your healthy body, your healthy environment and your healthy local economy.