Whether we are conscious of its power or not food is central
to our lives. The food we eat determines our physical and mental
health. A good diet can reduce weight problems, risk of heart disease,
and general physical fitness. Mental health is related to physical
health. A healthy active mind is related to a healthy active body.
Second, the way food is grown affects the health of food
affects the environment. Large monocrops, no crop rotation, the use of
harmful chemicals, and the lack of riparian buffers, are only a few
agricultural practices that can destroy creeks and rivers.
Third, the distribution and marketing of food shapes our
human landscape. A sprawling development pattern with far-flung large
grocery stores and fast food restaurants relies on cheap oil, extensive road
systems, and international food sources. Thus, large-scale food marketing
directly destroys the environment and disconnects communities.