What is Real Food?


Real food is food in its natural state, or close to the way it was originally grown. For example, when you buy whole grains, cuts of meat or dried beans, they're all real foods. But if the wheat's been stripped of its fiber and nutrients and turned into bleached, white flour, it's a "processed" food. Think of it this way: if the food still looks like what it did when it left the farm where it grew, it's "real" food. If you can't recognize the food because it's now an ingredient in a completely different product, such as a "nugget," chip or snack bar, then it's "processed."

  • A fresh apple = real food.
  • Apple filling in a snack bar = processed food.

Your body needs and prefers real food. And when you know how to shop, real food costs less per serving than processed food.

  • Real Food is affordable - People of all income levels can afford it.

  • Real Food is sustainable - It is produced, processed, distributed and recycled locally using the principles of environmental stewardship.

  • Real Food is fair - All participants in the food supply chain receive fair compensation, and fair treatment, free from exploitation.


Learn More....

One of the most important things you can do to support real food in Spokane is to learn more about the issues and then spread the word!  Here are some suggestions and resources to get you started.

Learn about real food issues and consider the social, environmental and economic impacts of your food decisions.

Find out about the impacts of conventional, industrial food systems.

Learn about the people who grow, harvest, transport, sell, and serve your food.

Spokane Food Coalition

The Spokane Food Policy Council is a non-profit organization working on food systems issues.

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