How did we lose our practices around valuing food as sacred?

When and why did we cease to honour our food, where it came from, who grew it, the land, etc.?

Who benefits from the narrative “we don’t have time” to eat?

So we’ll just pick something up? Heat something up?

What has the microwave marketing of the 1950s onwards created as a food culture?

Who created and normalized a schedule that left us without enough time to eat? 

Is it time to reclaim the time, attention, and rituals surrounding the sacredness of food and the way we nourish ourselves? 

People call this out as privilege, but perhaps that’s a twisted perception.

Some of the most financially poor people in the world view food as sacred and take the time to enjoy, savour, and honour it. 

If we don’t control our time in such a way that allows us to maintain this basic level of gratitude and appreciation, who’s really poor?

This post was inspired by this article about Food Sovereignty, and Brooke Fadar’s graphic, below.

What are some of the responses that bubbled up for you after reading these prompts? What is your experience with the sacredness of food, and how has it changed over the years?