My interest in food justice and food politics began in 2003 when I read the groundbreaking book by Eric Schlosser, Fast Food Nation. Understanding the fight against large food corporations, agribusiness, and seed monopolies strongly shaped my interest in being a more conscious eater. By choosing local, organic, clear, and fairly-produced foods in my daily diet, I am able to make a choice about who I am and the world I wish to help create.
In the past seven years I have transformed the way I eat. I have not eaten fast food at all. I also try very hard to only eat clean, organic, hormonal free meats. I am more aware of where I buy my food and prefer to buy from local organic grocers, local butchers, food cooperatives, farmers’ markets and from the gardens of my family and friends.
This piece is a homage to my favorite foods! After a few years of experimenting with cooking, I began to research the foods that gave me increased energy and awareness. I began mixing my smoothies with foods like Acai, Bee Pollen, Maca, and Spirulina. I also developed a strong love for my favorite vegetables like yams, kale, broccoli, and garlic. Many of these foods were an active part of my ancestors’ diets. Quinoa was a staple of the Incas and Cacao a sacred plant to the Mayans, for example.
This piece was handprinted by master printer, Jesus Barraza. The limited edition screenprint measures 26 x 20 inches and is embossed with the fine art chop of the Taller Tupac Amaru. All prints are signed by the artist, Favianna Rodriguez.