Over the Hedge – Humans Live To Eat
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This scene from “Over the Hedge” is amazing every time I see it. One of the most important issues in learning about and teaching “Real Food” is sustainability. For most of history, we ate to live…to survive. It wasn’t really until very recent times that we (speaking for America and other wealthy nations) have actually had the dilemma of choosing what we desire to eat, or needing to stop ourselves from eating too much food. Today we are truly a people of waste. It’s unbelievable how much we waste- both food and trash. Sustainability (in my own words) is living by using as little resources as possible while producing as little unusable waste as possible. I challenge you to take a day to really focus on how many resources you use in a day, and how much trash you produce. Are there ways you can conserve your resources (water, electricity, gas, etc.)? Are there ways you can use your trash more effectively, or produce less of it? I’m writing this the day after Halloween. As we walked around streets littered with candy trash, and as I’m looking at my daughter’s candy bucket (which is being sold to me in exchange for a new doll), I’m reminded of how unsustainable the big industries of this nation are. What in the world am I going to do with all of this candy trash?