Food confusion: what’s in a name?

Food confusion: what’s in a name?

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Navigating the world of food and food production can be daunting prospect. In an age where we are information rich, but time poor, the energy needed to understanding where food comes from, and make smart choices about it, can be intense. The vocabulary alone is enough to make the mind boggle.

Organic, regenerative, biodynamic, natural, permaculture, intensive, vertical, free-range, pasture-raised, grass-fed, grain-finished, hormone-free.


Nose to tail, paddock to plate, farm to table, garden to kitchen.

I’m guilty of over-using plenty of those phrases myself.

And then there’s the different ways to decide what to eat, either for dietary or ethical reasons. You might identify as pescatarian, vegetarian, fruitarian, vegan, freegan, ketogenic, ketotarian or paleo. You could adopt a diet that is alkaline, high-protein, low-protein, locavore, macrobiotic, Mediterranean, raw or sugar-free.

I’ve even read that there’s a unique Australian approach to eating called Kangatarian, where adherents will consume a vegetarian diet, supplemented with kangaroo.

How’s a well-intentioned foodie meant to do the right thing?

I think it comes down to one basic premise: however you can, whenever you can afford to, buy real food, from real people at real places.

It’s not a cliché, it’s a great ready-reckoner for being the most conscious consumer you can be.

And it is simple it’s worth repeating. Buy real food, from real people at real places.



PS. I’ll get off my soapbox now!