We live in time where information is rapidly available, both true and sometimes misleading. Labels are quickly attached to everything, one of which, the infamous "Farm to table". Isn't it a little ridiculous that our food isn't always coming from a farm?
I recently started reading "The yoga of eating", by Charles Elsenstein, and came across a few wonderful paragraphs I would like to share;
"To eat is to enact a profound transfer of energy and information in which a plant/animal loses its life to sustain the life of another. All eating is sacred, for it converts one part of nature into another."
"Suppose you eat a banana from a South American plantation, located on destroyed rain forest land wrestled violently from indigenous tribes, who now labor at the plantation at starvation wages, using pesticides that pollute the ecosystem, shipped thousands of miles using polluting oil fueled ships, by a company that puts small independent growers out of business through corrupt practices. By eating that banana, you ever so slightly reinforce that state of affairs, and make it part of your reality and you experience. You are saying yes to such a world."
We are all interconnected with nature, eating is not only merely a means to survive. So what does this mean when we are cooking for you, what is our responsibility? We use wild plants because not only are they more flavorful, soaking up different subtle flavors depending on where they grew and what they grew next to, but because they are nurturing and they tell a story.
A big problem with the food we consume is processing, going beyond what you may think at first, some good and with good intentions but others leading to a loss of the integrity of the plant, big factories, transporting, genetic manipulation, poor growing conditions, soil manipulation, fertilizing, weeding and even the pruning of a tree to mention a few, not to mention the cooking of the food. By definition, all food is to some degree processed, except for plants eaten raw and grown in the true wild. These wild plants, the predecessors to the common cultivated varieties such as dandelions often have many times more vitamins and minerals than cultivated foods such as spinach. Sadly, we collectively don't eat much wild plants anymore. We don't know what we don't know.
Now this isn't us preaching that it is bad to eat non wild foods, but merely a seed to hopefully inspire the use of more of them in our diets, for everyone, including ourselves.