On June 18 this year, the United Nations will observe Sustainable Gastronomy Day, a reminder that the food choices we make directly impact the health of our planet. Eating food that is traceable to its source helps to renew our relationship with not just with the food we eat, but also with our culture and with the Earth itself.
Sustainable and equitable food production is something that’s becoming increasingly rare due to the global growth of agribusiness, which puts profitability above accountability and environmental sustainability. This undermines global food security, posing an imminent threat that affects more and more individuals on our planet. At Shumei, we believe that this epidemic is rooted in the crisis of consciousness with which we make our food choices. When we are disconnected from the source of our food, this spawns further disconnect from our culture and our environment.
Through Natural Agriculture, those who produce and consume food can support each other through a culture of mutual respect and gratitude. When we consume produce that is grown seasonally and locally without chemicals, we are eating in harmony with nature. Additionally, food that’s grown and consumed locally without added chemicals or herbicides contains more vital nutrients and lifeforce energy and is easier for our bodies to assimilate. Moreover, when we buy the fruits of Natural Agriculture, we are supporting farmers who are helping to revitalize the land by growing seasonal and local crops.
Shumei works to link farmers to local businesses, farmers markets and restaurants to make it easier to eat locally. Shumei regularly hosts farmers markets where consumers can buy locally sourced produce. There is also a cafe which offers a wide variety of local dishes made with produce grown on the Natural Agriculture Farm.
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