Food has long been a passion of mine. I grew up in a family where life and connection happened at big family gatherings around a table full of food. While I was not raised on the healthiest of diets, I was given an appreciation for homemade food that did not come from a box or a can. As I have grown, matured, and married I have become much more aware of the health and environmental impacts of my food choices.Once upon a time I blindly wandered the aisles of the supermarket choosing foods based on packaging or taste. Never did I consider that the apple I just picked up may have traveled 3500 miles or that the frozen pizza in my cart has 50 ingredients (must of which are best suited for a chemistry lab).
Thanks in large part to my lovely wife, I have come to appreciate the consequences of my food choices. For this post I thought about putting up a number of challenging or interesting talks on the subject of food. In the end, however, I landed on Jamie Oliver's TED talk. Though Jamie Oliver, a high school drop out turned chef, was raised in England, he has made the American food landscape his personal cause. At the moment there is likely not another person who has done more to push the cause of the American diet to the forefront of our consciousness. Enjoy this talk, allow it to challenge you, and if you have any thoughts or comments please feel free to leave them below. I would love to see a discussion started.