"Let thy food be thy medicine, and thy medicine be thy food." ~Hippocrates (406-337 BC)
Welcome to Real Food Around Here!
Real Food truly nourishes producers, consumers, communities and the earth. It is a food system, from seed to plate, that fundamentally respects human dignity and health, animal welfare, social justice and environmental sustainability. Our passion is to make Real Food more accessible and available in our community.
Real Food Around Here provides resources and information about Real Food in Winchester, Virginia and surrounding areas. If you know of other resources for Real Food not listed on our site please contact us! We want to know about all the local farmers, farmers' markets, and Real Food sources in the area!
Is Healthy Food A Luxury?
Based on the 1955 Household Food Consumption Survey from the USDA, families of three or more persons spent about one third of their after-tax income on food. Today American spend approximately only 6% of their income on food - less than any other country in the world.
The amount of corn produced each year in America has tripled since 1970, from 4 billion bushels then to more than 12 billion today. Faced with an abundance of cheap corn, the food industry figured out how to make it into cheap meat, milk, eggs, and sweets. Over time, the cost of things made from highly-subsidized crops like corn, wheat, and soy—things like cheeseburgers and soda—has declined drastically. While you can debate the merits of local, organic, and seasonal food, and question what it means to eat sustainably, the dominant food production policy in the US is oriented around just one metric: producing calories as cheaply as possible. We've gotten so good at producing calories efficiently, in fact, that our problem is no longer that we can't afford enough food—it's that the types of calories that are least expensive are the ones that are worst for us.
For more information and statistics about America's food buying habits, read this article at MotherJones.com
On the other hand, Real Food is food that has been processed or refined as little as possible and is free from additives or other artificial substances. It is food with all of its vitamins, minerals, and nutrients intact instead of only getting what is left over after processing. There are many benefits to your health from eating Real Food, from lowering your chances of cardiovascular disease and some cancers, to having more energy and feeling healthier overall.
For more information real this article, The Case for Real Food