The food movement stretches across the political, religious and socio-economic divides in our society. We have customers and farm supporters who are far to the political right, far to the political left, and everywhere in between. Our customers are poor and well-to-do, religious and not religious. They are white and not-white. They are a fairly representative sample of our community.
In a time when so many things seem to deeply and bitterly divide us, the food movement can be a unifier.
Some folks become supporters of the food movement for health reasons. Many are looking to purge their diets of chemicals based on doctors’ advice, or to help fight or avoid disease. Some are drawn to it for ethical, spiritual or religious reasons, such as a desire to care for creation or a concern for the ethical treatment of farm animals. Some folks just want food that tastes like the food they ate at their grandparents’ house when they were children. The motivations of the new farmers, homesteaders, backyard and urban gardeners are similarly varied it seems to me.
Underneath this food-movement umbrella there is a diverse and growing group of people who appreciate the significance and importance of good ethically-produced food. They defy the divisive labels that are so prevalent these days.
I think that’s one of the best things about it, and a cause for continued optimism.