Perhaps you've heard about the vegetarian initiative that one-third of the food provisions in the world are used to feed livestock at present. However, such a quantity of food provisions could feed one billion people. So why do people still choose to have meat?
Carolyn Steel, a food urbanist's TED talk with millions of views, proposes a new concept. The “Sitopia” by Carolyn Steel makes the connection between people and what they eat and turn it into a community. While thinking of “what do you feel like eating tonight,” you probably don't just think of satisfying your appetite. Apart from it, you think of what will change our planet when choosing to have a vegetable diet or meat.
We probably don't need to become vegetarians right now or be resolutely against meat. It'll make the world a bit different even if tasting the vegetable diet only one day in a month.
Carolyn Steel wrote, “what I think of in this book is that food is the medium that crosses the gap between science and philosophy.” So I decided to name the last chapter of this book Sitopia (means ‘food place’ which sitos from the Greek means food + topos from the Greek means a place.) I created this compound word to describe the phenomenon I found - we live in a world that is affected by food.
Food is the center of the Sitopia. But, this book does not just talk about food but explores how food helps us use related, positive ways to deal with the difficulties that we involve in.
Food Molding the World
From the first drop of breast milk we drink to the final meal we have, food decides what our lives are like & makes our bodies, tastes, social ties, and identities. Since childhood, we first learn how to have meals with family and friends. When turning three or four, we've become accustomed to doing so.
We'd feel uneasy when we taste some unfamiliar food, and vice versa, we feel comfortable when we eat familiar food. Nigel Slater, one of Britain's most well-known cookery writers, wrote in his biography book Toast, that the smell of these dishes brings a strong nostalgic sense, even though the food itself doesn't taste so good. The most important thing is that the food is cooked with love.
Food is closely bound up with our self-feelings and it's inseparable. We all have some connections with food such as the food's story, memory, habit, preference & the dishes we like or dislike. But, there's a common point among most of us, the happiness of eating.
Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, a French good food philosopher, had written in his book Physiologie du Goût (1825) that eating is the most trustworthy and long-lasting happiness which we have.
The dietary culture matters in our cores. How we manufacture, trade, cook, waste, and value the food reflects our inner selves much more than we imagine. It is exactly the foundation of our lives.
Sitopia: How Food Can Save the World
Publication date: ：June 2020
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