Finding the Time to Be Food Conscious / by Sara Snyder

After an impossible week of scheduling snafus and being way too overbooked, I did not find a spare second to write about my thoughts regarding the Science of Food. I loved the piece and think it may be revolutionary in the way it takes Michael Pollen to task, but finding the space to dig deeper seemed impossible.  

My lack of time bled into everything I did, especially my meals.  I ate what was available as quickly as possible. I did not focus on where my food was sourced or who made it. Mostly, I was happy to have some fuel in my system so I could run to the next thing. 

All of this prompted me to consider who actually has time to think about their food all the time? I choose to be a crazy millennial with limited flexibility to my lifestyle. And I'm a passionate food advocate and eater. But, what about the people running from job to job and caring for a handful of children? Or the CEO who carries the weight of a business on her shoulders? Or the homeless child who would rather have food to eat then starve in the cold? Do they have time to worry about the well being of a food system?

I ask these questions to circulate back to who's responsibility it is to ensure we have safe, healthy food available to all. And for that matter, is there time available to cook at home? The Food Lab is an amazing project and one that was created by someone with both time and money. It's a step past the point of food access and hunger and dives deeply into finding the ultimate pleasure within making exceptional food. I love it. I admire it. But realistically, I'm never going to boil 12 eggs at various temperatures for extended periods of time. And neither will most of the people reading it. 

Time is a non-renewable resource. Every second is valuable. And the ability to dive deeper into what's available to be consumed is a privilege.