Recent events made it more clear than ever that we do not seem to have healthy relations with food and the people that produce our food. In the Netherlands (and much of Europe) we have had many weeks with high temperatures and no rain. To such an extent that using water on crops was hardly possible anymore. What I found really interesting during this whole period is that in the media there was talked about “problems that the farmers had” Farmers were loosing crops or crops were loosing value. Farmer might have to stop after this harvest season due to high losses. Farmers were not able to meet the supermarket requirements. Farmers were complaining about losses and found little help it seemed.
I find it disturbing that the general public feels disconnected to farmers, disconnected to where food comes from. If the farmers have problems getting good food of the land we are all in trouble not just the farmers. I grew up in a rural society. Mostly dairy farming but none the less I got to know farmers at a young age (and in different times, the 70’s). I do not know if farmers were respected more at that time than they are now but I do think this is the case. They were most certainly not considered being ‘the bad guys’ while trying to feed the country as seems to be the case these days.
Despite all campaigns on where does your food come from, visit a farm etc. the trends of imported power food and disconnection to the origin of food is prevailing. This needs to change. We need to get a healthy relationship with life, nature, food and the farmers who work so hard to feed those of us who want to have the privilege to buy in a supermarket. Healthy food is not about eating avocado’s everyday (they come from Latin Amerika, Israel and Asia by boat). It is also not about eating sweets made with dates instead of sugar.
I am doing my best and try to add a new habit each month to make sure it has time to stick. Oh and don’t worry I am not someone who thinks she know’s best. Proof? I did some online shopping while writing this story and that is one habit I want to stop due to all this waste that comes with it……. But I will not give up!