Bread. It seems to have a presence in nearly every human culture. For most of us in America, bread is some variation of flour, water, salt and yeast. Count that – 4 ingredients. Even the yeast can be a wild yeast, so figure you mix 3 ingredients and you have all you need to add.
For about 30,000 years, human-kind has been mixing up some sort of bread and adding other foods or grains for flavoring. But, the basic recipe, still useful, has been the four I mentioned. So here’s an example of a bread label from one of our local bakers:
Here’s a label from a commercially baked food product (I dare not call it bread!):
I don’t know where to begin to point out all that’s wrong about the long list of ingredients in that bread-like product. Shall we talk about all the chemicals? Shall we talk about why the heck can an edible food-like product have all those ingredients and still be cheaper at the point of sale that a simple 4 ingredient bread?
This label is a launching point for talking about food and why so many millions of Americans are unwell; for talking about government subsidy programs; for talking about food distribution; for talking about the benefits of localism; for talking about the carbon-footprint of food; for talking about health equity.
So, let’s talk. We can make some bread together.