A few days ago, I had lunch with a friend of mine at Good Earth, an organic grocery story in Fairfax, California. It has an amazing prepared foods section that is more like a cafe than a supermarket deli. Everything is prepared with organic ingredients and much of it is local, vegan, and gluten-free. The grocery section is incredible, as well. The produce and meat are organic and local and, with items like yeast and cashew butter, the bulk section exceeds any other I’ve seen.
On the drive home, my friend and I were discussing the value of places like Good Earth. We arrived at this conclusion – that this is the way food is supposed to be. What is food, after all, but nourishment for our bodies? It should be nutrient-rich and free of harmful chemicals and artificial ingredients. Food should help us, not hurt us. And the fact that products like Jell-O and Funyuns are considered food demonstrates how disconnected we are as a culture from what we put into our bodies.
And, of course, since food comes from nature, this means that we are also disconnected from our natural environment. We lead a synthetic existence. Much of our time is spent staring at screens, breathing air expelled from an air conditioner. We get around in cars and forget the use of our legs. Our bodies, our food, and our natural environment are all intimately linked, and it is time we return to an understanding of that interconnectedness.