YOU ARE WHAT ….. You Buy? Waste? Grow?
You’re likely familiar with the old adage “you are what you eat”. The expression apparently originated with French lawyer Anthelme Brillat-Saarin in his 1826 writing Physiologie du Gout, or Meditations de Gastronomie Transcendante. I suspect most of us however link the phrase to the popularization of nutrition. 1930’s American diet guru and nutritionist Victor Lindlahr is credited with being the first to use the phrase in English linking what one eats to the state of one’s health.
Today, that connection between our food choices and our health now extends beyond you and me to the survival of the planet as we know it. Here’s what noted author, entrepreneur, and environmentalist Paul Hawken says about the power of food choices in his 2021 book Re-generation: Ending the climate crisis in one generation.
“What we eat and how it is produced has a profound impact on climate. When you drive a car, you know you are emitting greenhouse gases. (But did you know when you go grocery shopping…) in many cases, the bags of groceries in the backseat have a greater impact on climate than the car trip you are making to and from the store?
Recent studies show 34% of the world’s greenhouse gas emissions are caused by our food system… including food production, transportation, processing, packaging, storage, retail, consumption, and food waste.” Imagine then the power we have in our day to day lives to reduce our GHG emissions simply by re-thinking what we eat. And re-determining where that food comes from!
“Localizing food – buying locally grown food or growing our own – may be the greatest single activity one can choose that encompasses such a range of goodness for life, health, water, children, and the planet,” writes Paul Hawken.
Hawken’s point is being embraced by both wanna-be and experienced fruit and veg gardeners right here in our own neighbourhood. This Spring QCHCA’s Climate Action group helped seed CHUFF – (Quadra) Cedar Hill Urban Food Farmers – a group that meets one Sunday morning a month to tour each other’s gardens and share advice, experience, inspiration and yes even plants. Here’s what folks are saying so far – “I love getting into the backyards and visiting other people’s gardens.” “Friendly group, not cliquey, knowledgeable. “My food growing knowledge is expanding and so is my vegetable garden!”
Want to grow your own, or more of your own food? Reduce food waste and GHGs? Try CHUFF.
Next gathering Sunday 10 am to noon July 3rd. Topics: Self-sufficiency and rat control.
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SOURCE: Re-generation. Ending the climate crisis in one generation. Paul Hawken. Penguin Books. 2021