Food brings people together. It nourishes our bodies. It celebrates and preserves our cultural traditions. Yet few people give much thought to how our food got to our plates, and why that might matter. Although everybody eats, our food system manages to remain largely invisible to most people.
Childhood diabetes and obesity are on the rise, and it is not hard to see why. Highly-processed food is prolific, cheap, and addictive. Fresh produce is expensive and labor intensive. Citing pale mealy tomatoes, limp canned green beans, and tasteless lettuce, kids declare their hatred of all vegetables.