The food we eat

by Vanessa Jaich

As a natural chef, I’m pleased to see the worldwide trend from consuming fast foods to eating whole foods. Im seeing more and more communities are growing vegetables and fruit in public spaces for all to share and the urban gardening movement has spread across the globe. The purpose is not only free food for everyone, but also to foster the idea of locally sourced organic produce instead of buying non-seasonal foods from other parts of the world.

Not all cities can participate in such projects to the same extent due to the availability of open land, but farmer’s markets are on the increase and specialist wholefood supermarkets that source local organically grown produce are gaining in popularity. Urban renewal initiatives are claiming areas such as rooftops to grow bee-friendly fruit trees and vegetables

Increasing the supply of whole foods does not necessarily lead to an increase in demand. Food “activists” who try and convince people suffering from general ill health to eat whole foods face a difficult task. This is a society that until a few years ago, firmly believed sugar was the main source for energy and had no impact on health. Even today, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, many people continue to consume between 20 and 30 teaspoons of sugar a day and decades of consuming processed foods has led to alarming levels of lifestyle diseases throughout the world.

It’s my aim as a natural chef to show people how to use whole foods for healing and I hope that a combination of increasing the supply of whole foods as well as education through media awareness will eventually change the mind set of our society to embrace the whole foods revolution.

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