In the Southern U.S. where agriculture is both our heritage and the backbone of local and state economies, most residents in our region would acknowledge that their food comes from a farm. Though we’ve found that most can’t explain what “comes from a farm” actually means.
I invite you to join me in setting all preconceived notions aside and simply acknowledge that your food has a story. A real, truthful story. And isn’t it time we got to the bottom of what the TRUTH about our food really is?
Oddly enough, that story is different for almost each bite we eat, but one truth is nearly universal. Food doesn’t typically happen on its own. Food is nurtured and harvested by humans; it’s the product of a living organism that takes time to develop and grow – whether plant or animal. And your food’s journey from the farm to your plate certainly doesn’t happen without human help. Food is a universal human need – whether you live in Mississippi or Georgia or Africa or Thailand or France.
Knowing the story of your food makes you a wise consumer and advocate of the food system – as it feeds you locally – and feeds the world. Able to set guilt and emotion aside, knowing Food Stories will equip you to make the best choices family’s health and budget. And this knowledge will help you be more involved with your food, able to appreciate and share its story – and those who contributed to that story.
A Series of Stories
Food Stories is an Eat Y’all series dedicated to telling the story of ingredients from their origin on the farm to their consumption on your table. Through photography and video, we’ll illustrate each Food Story, and we’ll compile the stories here on EatYall.com to make them easier to reference and share.
>> Tag along as we visit Southern U.S. farms and food operations by following hashtag #foodstories on Instagram and Twitter. We’ll be posting behind the scenes photos and videos of our visits as we travel the Southern U.S. Your feedback on our social media channels will guide the questions we ask and the photos we take, so get involved and learn more about the story of your food.