Questions for Food Literacy Across Culture

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Question 1: Tell us your food story.

Question 2: Why is food literacy important?

Question 3: What is good food?

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2 thoughts on “Questions for Food Literacy Across Culture

  1. Gluten Free for my Brother: Food is now a focus and a passion in my life, but it wasn’t always that way. Still I find links to food in every aspect of my past. One of which is the experience as a 9 year old, having to eat the very early “gluten free products” that were available only in one tiny store in our whole county in MA (This was 14 years ago). You see, my brother has Asperger’s Syndrome and we heard that cutting out gluten (as well as unnatural colors and flavorings) could help him. So we all went on this diet. It was pretty gross at the time, but it worked wonders for him and made us all more aware of what we ate and of our food system. Now I look at the growing awareness in our societies and our stores and feel a tremendous amount of hope looking at where we have come from to where we are now. I probably would have had a very different experience of that time and that diet had I been born 10 years later.

    I think food literacy is part of this awareness, not just in terms of nutrition or food systems, but also of understanding of individuals and of cultures and communities. Food literacy is a doorway to introspection as well as exploration!

    Good Food is food that you have a connection to, that makes you feel good, and helps you to be the person you want to be. Food becomes who you are and therefore your food should stand for what you are.

    • Thanks so much Kim, your food story is very inspiring. I knew a girl who had William’s Syndrome, and she was involved with many people who had Asperger’s. It’s very interesting how food can have such an effect on our lives.
      In regards to question #2, I don’t think I have heard it stated better than that!
      I do have a discussion based question for your definition. Many people have an idealized version of themselves, but the foods that make them feel good can prohibit their pursuit of that. For example, my mother’s tetrazzini makes me feel good, but because of the fat and carbs in the tetrazzini, it doesn’t help me lose my gut. How do we approach this potential paradox? I completely agree with your last sentence, food should absolutely stand for what/ who we are as humans.
      Thanks for continuing the discussion. I anxiously await your response!
      Best Regards,
      Devin Brown

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