Often we only see the processed version of food. We never get to see the raw, original version before it is cut, butchered, washed, waxed, blended, colored, and mixed to be ready for our plates. But it’s important that we know where our food comes from. It will change how we see and relate to our food.
And now I share something embarrassing:
For a long time I had no idea that tuna is a big fish. I thought they were tiny, like minnows. I thought that because I only ever saw it mixed with mayo on my plate. Don’t ask me where I thought the fish bones were, or the brain, or any of the fishy organs. I don’t have answers to those questions. I just saw the little bits of fish on my plate and assumed that was the whole thing.
It’s not that I was a stupid kid. I mean, you can feel free to speculate on that (but keep in mind while your debating my childhood intelligence that I think I was pretty smart and so does my mom). We are pretty far removed from the source of our food generally. A lot of kids grow up never seeing a zucchini in it’s natural (whole) state or making the connection between the boneless, skinless chicken breasts shrink wrapped in the supermarket and a real live chicken that those breasts came from. And because of that, it’s easy it is for us to not know where our food comes from. To not know that those hunks of tuna are small pieces of a pretty big fish that used to be alive. To know that fish had to go through a processing plant to get into that can and onto my plate. As long as we don’t know where our food comes from some very basic things about the world and how it all works will remain a mystery.
But the more that we know, the better our choices can be. I often joke to my friends that at this point, I know too much about my food. And that knowledge guides my choices. I am a meat eater, so I make a point to buy humanely raised, antibiotic-free, organic meat. I love vegetables and local farms, so I support them by buying as much as my produce as I can from them. I have auto-immune problems, so I do my best to buy as much organic food as possible. I don’t want pesticides getting in and messing with the delicate eco-system that is my body.
These are all the choices that I make because of the knowledge that I have. It’s expensive, but I can’t rationalize doing anything else. At this point, I know too much, and yet I’m still learning new things all the time (thank goodness for that).
Do you have any embarrassing stories like this you’d like to share? Any times that you thought, for instance that there were cream cows, whole milk cows, and 1% cows? Let me know in the comments! Tell me I’m not alone!
Got it? Oh good. That would be embarrassing.
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