Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

As we come to the end of the year, here's a question: Do you know where your food comes from? It’s a simple inquiry, and you’d think it would have a simple answer (“The store!” Right?) but we know that the world is more complex than that.

One of our jobs in the grocery business is to work to identify and trace sources of food. The kinds of food and beverages that we buy say a lot about what we value, and about the state of our health.

The conversation about food is never-ending at Bloomingfoods. We care, of course, about other things too, but food is the common denominator, a measure of many other social and political factors.

It’s our way of responding to a tectonic shift we've noticed in the world of food: a shift to a more intentional way of eating. Everyone wants those foods that make the most sense for them as individuals, and there is a lot of experimentation and innovation going on.

There are a number of myths we like to bust at food co-ops, too. These include the debunking of organic foods, and of organic standards. (Here's more, at the Organic Trade Association website.) We know, because you tell us, that people choose organic foods because of their taste and quality, and to reduce exposure to herbicides, pesticides, and other additives. We choose organics or more sustainable products for both personal reasons and out of concern about air, water, and soil quality.

Another myth is of the indifferent, uninformed consumer, willing to eat anything, no matter how it was produced or sourced. Our customers actively seek information, and we so appreciate the opportunity to explore food topics with them. As we continue to develop relationships with local suppliers and other cooperatives, through the Principle Six initiative and other efforts, we hope to hold many more vital food conversations with all of you. And try to catch Jim Hightower at the Buskirk-Chumley Theater on January 24, 2013—it’s a chance to hear from a seasoned food rabble-rouser!