We’re coming up to Easter, which has always had a close association with food. It marks the end of the long winter period and the lenten fast and the start of spring. Here in Poland we have numerous foods that are only made and eaten at Easter, as well as the centuries-old tradition of taking a basket of symbolic foods to be blessed. So with this in mind, at the March edition of TEDxKrakowCinema we will be talking about food and how we eat..
Access to wholesome, safe, nourishing food is considered by many to be a basic human right - integral to healthy people and communities. Yet as eaters most of us are part of a complex system of farmers, food processors, wholesalers, distributors, regulators and cooks. What’s more, as city dwellers, this system is largely invisible to us, so we have to trust that all the parts are working properly to deliver to us what we need.
Yet the growing rate of ‘lifestyle diseases’ and obesity in the western world, as well as the perennial problem of hunger in the developing world suggests that despite massive industrialisation and rationalisation of how we produce our food, something’s not quite right.
So through the TED Talks we will be watching this month, we’ll have a look at where our food comes from, what it’s doing to us and what we can do in response.