We are what we eat, so the
saying goes. But despite the significance of food to our health and
well-being, our relationship to the food that we eat has changed from what
it was just a few generations ago. Despite all the resources for
information like internet and the electronic media, we often knows very
little about where our food comes from, or the conditions under which it was
grown or prepared.
Nowadays, the tendency to make everything faster, bigger and stronger created a dubious way to feed healthily our society. The industry of food, always saying that as far as safety is concerned, in principle there is no difference between natural and synthetic additives. Well the experience and thousands of years show us this is not a true fact. Indeed, both synthetic additives and natural compounds are chemicals and not everything natural is good for us. As we know, many of the most dangerous substances are found in the nature, but we also know what how to avoid it. But when a food is soaked in so many different chemicals for few weeks and sometimes, years, surely it will not cause a good effect in our system. The industrial food system is highly mechanized, doing everything very large in scale, and reliying heavily on chemical use and genetic engineering of seeds. This type of food system makes it very difficult to make informed choices about the food we eat.
But fortunately a public awareness regarding the problems associated with so many different chemicals , also known as food ingredients has grown remarkably. Now people became more involved seeking alternatives to the global food system and generating many debates and efforts to make organic farming and intensive livestock sustainable in a large scale without affecting the environment and the ultimate goal, to have a healthy food in our plate. Such efforts may imply that a good change is being promoted and beyond any fact, more and more people are reconnecting with their roots and understanding that the natural way is the best way.