"As we grieve in our personal capacity, we are also living in a time of rapid ecological loss. The land is still in the heritage of colonisation, dispossession of land and ethnic cleansing. The current narratives surrounding climate change are predominantly framed around fear, scarcity, and adaptive systems – in other words – systems that will mitigate the impact of neoliberal capitalism and the colonial legacy. “Not well documented in literature [nor in the media] is an emotional response that has been termed ‘ecological grief’ and explained as: the grief felt in relation to experienced or anticipated ecological losses, including the loss of species [human and non-human], ecosystems, and meaningful landscapes due to acute or chronic environmental change” (Neville Ellis & Ashlee Cunsolo, 2018).
Can food connect us more directly with nature? Like patiently waiting to harvest sweet potato, cassava, pumpkin or custard apple? My experience of growing these in my garden has taught me that nature does not hurry. Surely, we need to slow down and resist the glorification of busyness. I always try to purchase food more locally to nurture connections of food ways, with small scale farmers like my friend Goodwell, a Zimbabwean farmer, based in the Eastern Cape, who often traded seed and greens with me of indigenous herbs, rape, spinach and roasted nuts.
When I think about healing and food, there is also a very strong association to a particular landscape. The foods and herbs that come to my mind are buchu, lemon verbena, fynbos or rooster brood on the garden route. Yet Food can also make us feel this ecological loss more deeply, e.g. as the tastes of foods change, or, as certain foods disappear as a result of climate change, habitat destruction or loss of knowledge.
Ecological grief reminds us that climate change is not just some abstract scientific concept or a distant environmental problem. “It draws our attention to the personally experienced emotional and psychological losses suffered when there are changes or deaths in the natural world. In doing so, ecological grief also illuminates the ways in which more-than-humans are integral to our mental wellness, our communities, our cultures, and for our ability to thrive [in the Anthropocene]” (Neville Ellis & Ashlee Cunsolo, 2018)." - Rifqah Tifloen
[Slow food movement] they’re concerned with the experience—the loss of the family meal, the loss of eating as a communal activity—everything that fast food and food marketing is doing to our food culture, because—and this is an important theme of the book—there is a deliberate effort to undermine food culture to sell us processed food.
"Some feminists have accused the food movement Pollan helped popularize of romanticizing a return to the kitchen, but that’s not the only thing driving women “homeward,” Matchar finds. The do-it-yourself ethos embraced by practitioners of the “new domesticity” offers an appealing alternative to taxing careers that leave no time for home or family life. By advocating a slower-paced lifestyle, the food movement has helped disseminate a compelling critique of modern capitalism sometimes overlooked by feminists focused on breaking the glass ceiling. Yet often, the solutions offered by foodies are impracticable for those who lack the luxury of spare time. What would a more inclusive food justice movement look like?" -- http://inthesetimes.com/article/15115/food_fight_feminists_and_femnivores
"Just as fast food works for some meals and not for others, we must remain open to things that take time, both for preserving what is of value from the past and taking the time to forge new approaches in the present. The key here is multiplicity, plurality and diversity, which take time."
—Vincenzo Di Nicola