A vision for creation of food systems that promote life and well-being
A Brief History of Food
This installment in the series explores where we are in relationship to our modern food system.
In the inimitable words of Bob Dylan, the world and especially the United States after World War II was a-changin’. After the first half-century of the 1900’s being defined by scarcity and getting by, the post-war U.S. would be defined by growth, prosperity, and a baby boom.
You most likely know someone who lived through the Great Depression and World War II. This period of time was incredibly transformative to the world we live in and, in a lot of ways, the food system and how we view food were some of the things most greatly affected.
What and how we eat has ties to our ancient ancestors, but what we commonly think of as food and cuisine is distinctly modern. Through the last few hundred years, the world has become a large mixing pot of foods, flavors, and cuisines. Urbanization and technological advancement has further transformed what we think of as food.
We are John and Sarah Gilbert, the 5th generation of Gilberts to live on, farm, and care for land in Hardin County in central Iowa. Along with John’s parents, John W. and Beverly, we operate Gibralter Farms, a name chosen by John’s grandfather when he first registered his Brown Swiss dairy cows in the early 1930’s.