It plays a huge role in our everyday lives, not only by being the carrier of cultures. What we eat and how we eat it is a reflection of our relationship with ourselves and our environment. In our fast–paced lifes, we have forgotten to appreciate the value of food, which has far–reaching consequences. We have lost the connection not only to our senses but also to what we put on our plates.
So how can we reconnect and bring food to our table in a sustainable and healthy way?
The availability of food has never been more as pervasive as it is today. We have access to it any day of the week, at almost any time of the day, throughout the whole year. At the same time about one third of all food produced on our planet is being wasted. About half of the fruits and vegetables produced are being wasted. While we waste food, global hunger is unacceptably high. Our value for food is mirrored in the way and amount we cause food waste.
It is important to create a more resilient food system by changing our perception of food and waste. It is as important to understand that our actions and awareness as consumers play a vital role but the struggles can not be overcome with our actions as individuals only when the system is build on exploitation and endless economic growth. The agricultural sector is controlled by a few companies that are destroying our biodiversity and replacing it with monocultures.
Food is our biggest economy and it's at the very core of our lives. We, as human beings, are dependant on a healthy food system in so many ways.
The role of food is not only a physical necessity. it is also an indication of the multitude of relationships that we form with others as individuals, as communities.
THE ROLE OF SALT
Salt is essential for our life and, in a healthy amount, vital.
Our bodies need salt to transport nutrients, to digest,
to regulate our entire water balance.
"Salty" is one of our five taste qualities that we perceive sensually.
The founder of A Pinch Of Salt, Tamara Pešić, is a multidisciplinary Designer and Researcher specializing in food–related topics and linking the fields of design, science, crafts and food. She is investigating the complex relationship between economy and society, the interactions of people, material and space. Currently based in Frankfurt am Main, Hesse, Germany.