Food is Not a Thing

Posted by James Bennett on

You might think of food as a thing, an object noun. Like something on your plate.

We beg to differ.

In a grand sense, food is a verb. A process. True metamorphosis.

Food describes the stuff that becomes you. The circle of life and death where matter undergoes the highs and lows of this cosmic merry-go-round.

By imbibing matter into our bodies, are we not gifting it the spirit of consciousness?

How about that as food for thought? 

Food is a relationship between humankind and the natural world. It describes the way we carve out the chaos of forests and install our own rigid lines of manicured cropping.

It describes the way such crops might carve out a path inside of us. The twists and turns of your digestive system behold a far greater surface area than even your own skin.

In a certain sense, you don't journey through nature quite as much as nature journeys through you.

Food is a journey through different social circles and even cultures. Be it a satay served of the streets of Bali, a vegetarian curry expressing the cultural ethics of Indian philosphy, or as testament to that "no worries mate" attitude, a sausage sizzle at Bunnings.

Food is the cornerstone of a community. It is a meeting place where growers, sellers, cooks and eaters come together and truly connect. 

And then of course there's the self. Food is a way of looking inward, be it through the gateways of sensation, of culinary creativity and exploration. The high hopes of eating well, or the pitfalls of temptation.

The way we treat ourselves lives it's life through the food we eat. From the inspiration of a healthy wholesome meal, a new diet, to the more regrettable bouts of binge-eating and all too many saddening eating disorders.

There is so much to be said about food - which is why we are talking about it. Our hope is to encourage a broader and deeper conversation about food. How it can lead us from a world that incubates the tyranny of disease (or dare I say, pandemic), and into a more harmonious relationship.

With nature, with each other, and with ourselves.

What does food mean to you? We would love to hear your thoughts!


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  • What a profoundly enlightening article James thankyou.

    Rob on

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