Food is a central part of our lives and yet we tend to take it for granted. Though there’s a growing awareness about the harm of eating processed foods, awareness hasn’t led to widespread change: obesity rates are climbing and since corn syrup came along, the incidence of diabetes has tripled. For the first time in many generations, life expectancy has decreased in America and the main culprit is empty calories – processed, packaged foods promoted to us in big budget commercials. Sensing a sea change in attitude about diet and the physical effects of junk food, fast food companies have begun investing heavily in foreign markets where public awareness isn’t as keen.
Before globalization overwhelms traditional regional diets, I’m making my way around the world, asking kids to keep a journal of everything they eat in a week. Once the week is up, I make a portrait of the child with the food arranged around them. I’m focusing on kids because eating habits, which form when we’re young, last a lifetime and often pave the way to chronic health problems. There are better answers out there than the old school, Western diet of processed foods we’ve grown accustomed to in the last couple of generations and Daily Bread features many simple meals made from whole foods that can be prepared at home. The deeper goal is to be a catalyst for change and link to a growing, grassroots community that is moving the needle on diet.