In Producing our own food would benefit us

In his essay, “The Pleasure of Eating” by Wendell Berry questions about society’s view on food and where it comes from. He pushes the reader to believe about how people just pretend that their vegetables come from farms and their meats come from quaint green pastures. He forces people to become in touch with how their food is grown and treated, stating that passive consumers need to become aware of their food to be free to completely appreciate it and enjoy it. He also talks about the importance and responsibility of eating. Producing our own food would benefit us because we know what we are eating and acknowledge what goes into the life cycle of food. Then Berry has found that the food industries blind us to what we are consuming and the effect it has on us.        A lot of urban shoppers are telling us that the food comes from farms, but they don’t know which kind of farms they’re talking about. Berry said, “Most urban shoppers would tell you that food is produced on farms. But most of them do not know what farms, or what kinds of farms, or where the farms are, or what knowledge of skills are involved in farming. They apparently have little doubt that farms will continue to produce, but they do not know how or over what obstacles. For them, then, food is pretty much an abstract idea — something they do not know or imagine — until it appears on the grocery shelf or on the table” (65). After seeing this, I have come to understand that I’m a part of this group of people that Berry is talking about. I’m a very passive consumer, and I don’t put much attention into where my food comes from. When I was in the Philippines, we have a farm there and I think that I’m very lucky to have healthy foods because I know where it comes from.  Although I don’t think about it much because I am not fully aware of all of the effects that processed into my body. I agree that if I pay attention to what I put into my body then I would touch a deeper relationship with my food.          After that Berry talks about politics and how they control the food that we’re eating. He states, “There is, then, a politics of food that, like any politics, involves our freedom. We still (sometimes) remember that we cannot be free if our minds and voices are controlled by someone else. But we have neglected to understand that we cannot be free if our food and its sources are controlled by someone else” (66). He talks about how the food industry has convinced us that we desire quick, pre-prepared food, which is financially helpful to them. Then he talks about how the system of advertising and brainwashing is comparable to all forms of politics. Food politics is particularly dangerous because it manipulates our health in the hands of big food companies. The way he says that eating responsibly sets us free is an intriguing aspect that really makes me think about how I see food on a daily basis. To me, there are times where my parents sit down to a nice homemade meal, and that food is different than the food that I grab on busy days and eat between classes. There are different levels of awareness between the two.       The focus of the text is on healthy eating. Berry, who apart from being a writer is also a farmer, gives us tips on being healthy and making our food. Berry talks about the importance of owning a home garden at the backyard. Having a home garden would help in planting fruits and vegetables, which are useful for regular home meals. The essay also talks about processed foods and warns us of the risks of eating them. Processed foods shorten one’s life according to studies. Berry organizes the text in a manner that makes the reader want to start farming. First, Berry makes us see how the food production industries do not care about our health but their pockets. Then, he gives us a solution by encouraging farming. Berry finishes off by making sure we have the pleasure of eating. People who know where the food, they consume comes from pleasure in eating. There is nothing more pleasurable when it comes to eating than eating food from your garden.