Research in collective intelligence, as you know, connects to every aspect of social life. One of them I like very much: food. Indeed, what lands in our plate comes from a collective process that involves ecosystems, animals, plants, many humans, and a lot of technology.
First, collective intelligence in the nutrient: from its birth to our plate, food carries a super complex thread of life, death, actions, experiences. Collective intelligence in the cuisine, one of the pillars of every culture. Collective intelligence in the very fact of eating. From time immemorial, a meal represents a universal space of sharing and togetherness, present in every civilization. What happens in our psyche when we eat? What does our species and our planet experience during the billions of meals that happen every day? Collective intelligence, in the beliefs and ignorance that haunt every society and every human in regards to food. Everything tells me that this ignorance plays an active role in the genesis and homeostasis of every culture. Once more, it raises the question of truth in the collective.
I had to start from somewhere in order to open this long inquiry. So I began with this very simple question that I use as a guiding thread:
What food makes us healthy while doing good to the living in general?
A first quick answer: certainly not the food that lands in our plate today.
I have explored this single question for years, both at the theoretical level --health, nutrition, environment-- and at the personal level, observing the changes that happen in me when I shift my diet (I also speak about it in the about page).