Eating Styles

What kind of eater are you?

The side dish you may have roasted for last night’s dinner came sprinkled with salt, pepper and politics.

carrot isn’t just a carrot anymore
. Today, the question of what to eat is loaded with implications about the life you live, your views on health, animal rights and farming, and the food future you envision for yourself and your family. The side dish you may have roasted for last night’s dinner came sprinkled with salt, pepper and politics. What was the true origin of your carrots? Organic or pesticide-coated, local or trucked from across country, part of a seasonal CSA box or purchased on sale from your neighborhood grocery store?

It’s good to ask these questions and to know more about our food system, but as Michael Pollan points out in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, it can easily produce a fair amount of stress. “As a culture we seem to have arrived at a place where whatever native wisdom about eating has been replaced by confusion and anxiety. Somehow this most elemental of activities—figuring out what to eat—has come to require a remarkable amount of expert help.”

Of all the questions surrounding the food industry, one of the most basic we each must ask ourselves is: What exactly should we be eating? The resources on this page are designed to give you the tools to learn more about the three most popular ways to eat. But even choosing one lifestyle over another is laced with even more questions. As a vegetarian, will you eat fish? If so, all fish, or only sustainable varieties? For omnivores, there are questions surrounding how often you will eat meat, what types of farms your meat will be sourced from, and if you’ll buy corn fed or grass fed beef. For vegans, will you ease in, gradually giving up dairy, or commit entirely by not only modifying your food habits but also the clothing and skincare products you use?

The answer to the question of what we should be eating might take time to determine, but simply by being here you’re on the right track. The Giving Table offers a platter of resources to help you begin your journey, but will never advocate for one lifestyle choice over another. Your decision is a personal one, and will affect your giving later on, as well as the way you interact with the food community, but as we’re all in this together it’s easy to agree on a few things such as the need for greater sustainability, overall health and responsible food production.

A hearty congratulations on taking the first step toward conscious eating!

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