A little off-track thought for Lammas

Yesterday was the pagan celebration of Lammas or Lughnasad. It marks the first wheat harvest of the year. I didn’t plant any wheat (I wanted to) but I did have a meal with veggies harvested from the garden (albeit it was just one green pepper) but it made me think about the rest of the food we eat. In particular, where it comes from.

Our grandparents (or at least mine anyways) used to grow their food. I remember going to my Grandmother’s house and seeing her large garden, and the neighbours having a chicken coup next door. Our grandparents had a connection to their food, and their parents—even more so. They understood that in order for them to live—to survive, something had to die. Something had to close their eyes and stop breathing. Living out in the country, I see cattle, sheep and chickens all the time. I’ve got up close to cows, and trust me, after you’ve looked in their eyes, it’s hard not to think about them when you’re eating a hamburger.

I think we’ve lost touch with our food. It’s understandable with all the fast food places around and food available in convenience stores on every corner. Not to mention the processed food that fills the grocery stores. We don’t think about how the food got on our plate, or the process which brought it there. I’m sure our ancestors would think this is a wondrous time. No worries about having enough food for the winter, or starving if the crop fails, but have you noticed that people seem sicker now, then say twenty years ago? More people are obese than ever before? Is it because we have more food? Or the way it’s grown?

A while back, Mark Zuckerberg made the news because he wanted to kill his own food. Ask yourself, why did that make headlines? Is that how detached we’ve become?

~Blessed Be~

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

2 Responses to A little off-track thought for Lammas

  1. Michelle says:

    Great post! This is something I think about all the time! We grow some of our own food, and it’s so challenging, it makes me think what would it be like to have to rely entirely on what we could raise ourselves, or find in the wild?

    We try to eat a lot of local food, too, to increase that connectedness to our place and to our food. It makes a difference in our experience of eating, and, I think, in our health.

  2. We’re on a tight budget, so sometimes it’s hard to even eat healthy. Processed food is so quick, too bad it wasn’t healthier.

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