I am worried about food production in general and especially TTIP and the effect it will have on our beautiful green island I am worried it will TIPP us further away from Natural Food Production
In our a lifetime, we take in a massive amount of food additives and preservatives.
And increasingly, that means we are taking in a massive amount of e-numbers too many to take in – in more ways than one.
Modern food production is so far removed from nature – it’s frightening. A small number of multi-national companies are controlling how we eat, when we eat and what we eat.
The world’s largest seed producer used to deal in chemical warfare. It manufactured Agent Orange that was used in Vietnam War.
After it lost its market in war, it re-branded itself to sell its chemicals as “agrochemicals.” These multi-national companies are selling the theory that their way is the way forward – the way to feed the world. They are waging war against the seasons.
This makes no sense – and we all know that it is not sustainable.
The fact is we are so far removed from nature – from the natural cycle of life … we are in danger of forgetting the seasons.
I don’t want multi-national companies controlling what I eat. It should be my choice. It should be your choice.
It might seem like we have little or no control, but we can solve this problem by reconnecting with the natural cycle that is involved in food production. By choosing to eat food only locally grown seasonal food and by remember the seasons . The thing is our little planet Earth has its own natural rhythm and that rhythm IS – the four seasons.
We should not be eating strawberries in December, strawberries that have been “force-grown “Laced with Chemicals in some greenhouse thousands of miles away.
Let’s stop for just a second here – how many times have you bought a punnet of strawberries and been disappointed that the taste doesn’t match the delicious appearance?
That never happens when you buy local strawberries, in season.
We should wait! We should look forward to the first strawberry of the year in June – the strawberry that bursts with flavour
I come from Cashel in Tipperary and I have lots of food memories that are interlinked with the seasons. When I was growing up, every year, around Easter, a guy in a horse and cart came around the houses selling baby chicks.
We kept the chicks in the back garden, they fed on worms and also from the scraps from our plates.
At the end of the summer they were ready for eating, and our job was to pluck them.
Those chickens had their own natural life cycle.
We don’t live in that world anymore – we live in a changing world.
But there is no reason we cannot help our children and grandchildren to understand the difference in flavour between force grown food and seasonal food.
Each season is exciting for me, but if I had to pick a favourite season, it would have to be Spring.
While I feel a responsibility to my kids and my grandkids and to the planet, I know that I can only be responsible for what I do myself.
As chefs, we are always wanting to try new things – there’s a danger here of getting carried away and forgetting about the seasonal nature of the food we work with.
Just because we can get things out of season doesn’t mean we should.
You are what you eat – we say it so often, but we don’t really mean it, we don’t really stop to consider it.
Food production is a matter of life and death (and of our survival as a species).
Our beautiful planet is a tiny one in the overall scheme of things.
It has its own natural rhythm and we need to reconnect with that rhythm.
We need to reconnect with the rhythm of the forgotten seasons
TIPP THE BALANCE BACK TO NATURE