In Defense Of Food Essay

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There's nothing like a home-cooked meal, especially at a family occasion. For years growing up going to my grandparent's house and sitting down with all of my family, uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and anybody else under the umbrella we called family to enjoy a dinner whether it was for a good reason or not. It's always a good time when we come together and even better when grandma is doing the cooking! Michael Pollan said it perfectly:"We forget that, historically, people have eaten for a great many reasons other than biological necessity. Food is also about pleasure, about community, about family and spirituality, about our relationship to the natural world, and about expressing our identity" (Pollan 8).As soon as I read that I could remember all of the good (and bad) times I've had and spent over food, and trust me there is a lot of them! Food is about much more than the biological necessity for nutrients, it really completely indulging and immersing your-self into a meal and the people around you while you make those memories. This isn't limited to just family though, entire communities can come together for the same cause and I've seen it in action!My parents came from Jerusalem where they grew up and when we visit it's really awesome having so much family so close to each other. It's nothing like here in the United States where most of the times you don't even know the people next door. Over there, everybody knows everybody, their families have been there for generations and when somebody gets married or comes back from college everybody will get together for a huge feast. And when I say feast, I mean 30+ people sitting on rows and rows of tables with all the home-cooked meals you would ever want. That's an awesome time.When we would visit our family it was great. My grandpa has a nice sized plot of land where they would grow an assortment of fruits and vegetables. Walking up to a tree and picking a fresh orange off of it was always refreshing. No additives or pesticides were ever used of course, and you can taste it. There was nothing but hard work put into his trees and plants and it reflected in the food we would eat. Fresh carrots, onions, lettuce, tomatoes, the list goes on and on. We never had a shortage of any kind whether it was product or taste-wise. "Indeed, the surest way to escape the Western diet is simply to depart the realms it rules: the supermarket, the convenience store, and the fast-food outlet" (Pollan 158). And that's exactly what being there did for us. Every time we would visit there would be no need to eat any type of junk food, we had it all.But food wasn't always about the 'nutrients' up until recent history. "The Year of Eating Oat Bran-Also known as 1988-served as a kind of coming-out party for the food scientists" (Pollan 37). This was what marked the beginning of the processed food era we have come to love (and hate). Terms such as low-fat and no-cholesterol started to spring up on all sorts of foods...

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