Cultural Transition

Transitioning to a sustainable food culture is an incredibly big and complex challenge and nobody should have illusions that it may happen or even visibly start on a larger scale anytime soon. The food culture in which we live is overwhelming and the present global food system has full control of the food supply, at least in Canada and the US. Yet, the gradual erosion of the public trust in this system may intensify as its foundation can be gradually undermined by:

    • Increased prices of oil and energy causing higher cost of food
    • Speculative manipulations of food commodity markets also leading to higher food cost
    • Shortage of food leading to social unrest, first of all in the poor nations around the world
    • Sickness that increases in scope and intensity experienced primarily in the Western societies and affecting people most directly

Accelerating growth of the health industry cost and demand for services which heavily affect rich societies. Acceleration of the shift may also happen if our existing food system suffers rapid interruptions that demonstrate its weak and unsustainable foundation. That is possible if some totally unexpected serious interruptions of the food flow happen. Many people could then realize how dangerous it is to rely on this system to carry us through life. In turn, it may cause much more serious and deeper public interest in sustainable alternatives which are part of a possible new sustainable food culture.

While nobody wishes to see and experience occurrence of any tragic events that can effectively undermine the viability of the present food system, such scenarios are possible. Whether they are they likely or not to occur is the matter of individual judgments. However, some of these events may happen soon enough for all of us to take the subject seriously.

    • Nature-caused cataclysms
    • Man-caused disasters
    • Pandemics
    • Wars
    • Terrorist acts
    • Nuclear accidents
    • Cosmic accidents

As we believe, the cultural shift must occur one person at the time. We have identified four specific approaches that are seldom understood, considered and applied in our society: wholistic perspective, addressing our deep beliefs, understanding importance of a common worldview and community building process. Yet, they may be crucial to stimulate such a deep cultural change. There may be a high need to offer learning opportunities through the Centre about meaning of these four approaches and how one may deepen their understanding.