En intressant artikel (NY Times, 4 dec 2014) som diskuterar mat ur ett framtidsperspektiv. Hur kommer vi att äta i framtiden? Kommer vi att verkligen förstå sambanden i ekosystemet som vi lever i – i och utanför våra egna kroppar? Artikelförfattaren (och kocken) Seamus Mullen skriver följande tankeväckande rader:
To take a stab at guessing what we might be eating, we need to think about all the things that are affected by how we eat. I often forget that I’m not an individual, but rather part of a complex community — a community of cells, muscle fibers, bacteria, nervous systems and bones. I am also part of a greater community, a family, a circle of friends, a group of colleagues, a neighborhood, a vibrant city, a unique planet. The way I eat has a direct impact on all of these communities, some more explicitly than others, but each community is affected by the choices I make about the food that goes in my mouth.
If you had asked me five years ago whether I was optimistic or pessimistic about our future table, I would have told you with conviction that we were on a collision course with disaster. However, in the past two and a half years I’ve experienced a dramatic change in my own health, overcoming an “incurable” autoimmune disease without invasive medical treatment. I’ve experienced firsthand how a poor relationship with food can make wellness a brutally difficult endeavor. And I have also experienced how a positive relationship with food — eschewing processed foods, sugars and most grains and embracing healthy fats, proteins and vegetables, as humans have done for the majority of our existence — can make wellness a reality.
Idag är det World Food Day. Kanske är det därför som jag har tänkt på mat, lagat mat och tänkt på nya recept precis hela dagen?! World Food Day är ett initiativ av FN:s Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) och årets tema är ”Sustainable food systems for food security and nutrition”.
På FAO:s hemsida beskrivs dagens tema på följande sätt:
”Today almost 842 million people worldwide are chronically undernourished. Unsustainable models of development are degrading the natural environment, threatening ecosystems and biodiversity that will be needed for our future food supply.
A food system is made up of the environment, people, institutions and processes by which agricultural products are produced, processed and brought to consumers.
Every aspect of the food system has an effect on the final availability and accessibility of diverse, nutritious foods – and therefore on consumers’ ability to choose healthy diets. What is more, policies and interventions on food systems are rarely designed with nutrition as their primary objective.
Addressing malnutrition requires integrated action and complementary interventions in agriculture and the food system, in natural resource management, in public health and education, and in broader policy domains.
What would a sustainable food system look like? Is it possible to get from here to there? What would need to change to move us in that direction? World Food Day 2013 is an opportunity to explore these and other questions, and help bring about the future we want.”
Jag brukar tänka på att varje människa är ett eko-system där varenda liten del påverkas av andra delar i och utanför kroppen. Precis som världen vi lever i – allt hör ihop, så enkelt är det.