Filed under: Food + Health, J500 Week 3 | Tags: affording organic food costs, healthy eating, Locavore Movement, organic and local foods, sustainable food system, Whole Foods Market
And his healthy eating habits have rubbed off on me. Now I am not saying I am the healthiest eater ever, but his habits have made me think twice about what I eat. Sometimes I am about to eat something I probably shouldn’t, and my conscious will tell me not to, because my dad wouldn’t agree with my choice. I try my best to eat healthy most of the time.
I do think a sustainable local food system is a good idea. Not only does it decrease transportation time and costs, but it also supports local farmers, among other reasons. I believe it would benefit the Lawrence community to eat more local and organic foods.
However, I am skeptical that having a sustainable food system would actually work. I think it would be hard to establish and maintain an entire city based on this system for an indefinite period of time.
When a movement becomes trendy it becomes popular for a short amount of time. During that time, many people want to be associated with it. However, after a while, that item or style is not trendy anymore, and it is soon forgotten. When that happens, that desired item or style is not as popular anymore.
And this is why a sustainable food system would not work. I feel that we are in the Locavore Movement where “going green,” and eating local and organic foods, are popular right now. I don’t think this phase will last forever. Sure, there will still be people who will only eat local and organic foods, but I don’t think everyone will be fixated with it after the movement. It is not something everyone will stay committed to forever.
Another reason I don’t think a sustainable food system would actually work is because of class differences and food costs. This goes back to our discussion in my journalism class a couple of weeks ago about the costs of organic foods. There are always going to be people who won’t be able to afford local and organic foods, which is why fast food is so popular. These people are not going to just become rich overnight. They have to buy what they can afford. Sure, the entire sustainable food system may be cheaper overall for the community, as the Lawrence Journal-World Localvore blog points out, but the individual foods will still be too expensive for some.
Now don’t get me wrong, I fully support a sustainable food system, but I’m realistically evaluating if this is just a trend, or if it is a practical idea. If anyone can provide an alternative explanation to me, I encourage you to.
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