It is evident that our current food system is broken. The conveniences of the grocery store, fast food restaurants, and industrial farming have made people apathetic towards food and food production. This indifference has resulted in a homogeneous diet that is filled with high-calorie, processed foods, which are major contributors to the obesity epidemic. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that more than one-third of adults are obese. In addition, more than one third of children are overweight and obese (http://www.cdc.gov/). Obesity is unhealthy for individuals, and it weighs on our community and environment. Faced with the negative effects of our current food system, many Americans are advocating for a positive change.
This positive change can be seen in the emerging farm to table movement, where people are more considerate about food production, including where food was grown or raised, and how far food has traveled. It is also called “farm to fork” or “seed to service.” “Farm to table” advocates promote supporting local economies, using less transportation fuel, practicing sustainable agriculture, and eating healthy, local food. By connecting to food production, people can appreciate natural resources and can transform their relationship to food. This gratitude towards food affects our choices, which then affects our choices for businesses and political policies. The farm to table ideals work towards bettering our food cycle.
Farm to Table Utah (FtTU) will help the community by connecting local resources, by providing positive examples from people in the community, and by bringing together passionate, local-food lovers. The end goal for the blog will be to help our community to live healthfully and sustainably.