food economies

3 01 2008

Our grandparents can remember seeing and tasting their first mango or avocado – delicacies that had travelled vast distances from the places they had been picked. My generation, however, thought nothing of tasting something exotic. We grew up thinking that food came from the grocery store.

Many food production experts say that food is one of the best – or worst – examples of how we have transitioned from a local to a global mindset. Our society’s relationship with food will continue to change. Food supply and security are political issues on the horizon. This morning I listened to a half-hour clip from The Current, a CBC radio show, talking about climate change and food production.

Typically, discourse on climate change has a good chance of sending me into a deep green funk for days. I try not to let that stop me – ignorance is not the kind of bliss I want – but it does make me wary about how and when to engage with this kind of information. I’m glad it didn’t stop me from listening to The Current. It reminded me how our choices, our politics, and our weather are inextricably connected – in more ways than the typical news piece ever probes.

Unfortunately, I can’t upload the Real Audio file, but you can check out Episode #6 here.




One response

10 01 2008

It’s bizarre to think about how disconnected we have become. Whenever I buy lemons my boyfriend loves to comment about his grandmother, growing up in Missouri, and her first taste of lemonade- ever! What an exotic flavor it was. We forget how recent some of our technological/ transportation improvements are (and how quickly we took too much advantage of them). I must admit, despite my desire to reduce my carbon footprint, I do love a good orange.

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