I have met many people with various food denominations and lots of different reasons for the eating choices they have. I have also met people who feel extremely strong that their choice is the only choice. It is with those people that I really enjoy conversing with. I love to learn why people make the choices they do. Some do it for health reasons, some for environmental reasons and others for animal rights. While I believe all of these are important issues I have some of my own questions. I'm good with eating food for good health and completely get that we must work to mend our environment, but I've always had this nagging feeling when discussing the use of animal protein in our diets. Many believe we should not take the life of animals to sustain us. I have been asked how I feel about that part of our business. I can only answer " It's the hardest part of the job", however if one were to look at how people must feed themselves to stay healthy, you would always see that real food has been living food. Whether it be grains that grew for bread, vegetables for a salad, eggs for baking or ground beef for tonight's spaghetti sauce. All of it came from a living thing. Humans, animals, insects, reptiles and even plants live off of one another. Its part of this big circle of life that we are in.
Many years ago I read a book( a rather dry but informative one) called The Secret Life of Plants. It was this book that allowed me to look very differently at food. A study was done whereby plants were hooked up to transmitters. These plants had been placed in a room and a test study group of people walked by them. This in itself was nothing out of the ordinary.It was when one person alone, damaged one of the plants. The reaction from the other plants was astounding. The transmitters were showing a frequency that was spiking on the data receiver and that wasn't the part that blew me away. It was when they allowed each person from the group to walk by the plants. The frequency didn't spike until the person that damaged the plant, walked by. I've always heard that if you speak to your plants they hear you, but viewed it as rubbish. I have a different sense of it all now. I see that we live in a world where we must eat food that has lived.
Of course how the food has been nurtured is a different story. A plant can't typically grow in straight sand and nor can an animal. ( I can't say I know a lot of farms in the desert.) As humans do, they require nutrition, sunshine, water, fresh air. How we raise our foodstuff is directly related to the nutritive value. It is also directly related to a healthy environment. Mass production of food is a hot topic presently. We all have concerns about what we eat. My belief is that we must eat real food. Grow it yourself, raise it yourself or get to know your farmer. As I see it, whether you are a vegan, vegetarian or omnivore, value and respect your food. It is what sustains us!