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How Can Hunting Build Healthy Food Relationships?

| 11/14/2016 10:01:00 AM

Elk Walking Into The Forest

With a growing concern about the food we eat, more people are becoming involved in the food movement. Food being one of the things that is a fundamental need, it is devastating when I see people eating mass-produced food that has the nutritional value of a piece of chalk.

In today’s world, quick and convenient seems to be the norm — what is the easiest thing to cook and cheapest thing to buy in order to fill my stomach? With this norm, we see obesity and health care epidemics at all-time highs with no foreseeable end to the problem. I write this article out of both frustration and hope that we can change our relation with food and how we both obtain and prepare it.

Examining Our Relationship with Food

The relationship we share with our food should be one of respect and awareness, being able to say where my food came from and how it came to sit on my plate is something that brings the reality of what food truly is to the forefront.

Food is not something that should come from a cardboard box with dino fingers stamped on the front in big, bold letters. I often hear that this type of food is enticing, because it is both cheap and plentiful, meaning I can buy a lot of it to feed my family and still have money left over. Why is something as important as food one of the things that we feel the need to cheap out on?

I believe it’s because we have become so far detached from what we are actually eating that food is no longer something that we treasure but something that is just another part of our day. It’s sad to think that people believe a chicken nugget or pizza pop is something that constitutes a real meal.

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