We need to eat food and drink water to live, right? It gives us energy, right? That is a fact, right? Then why is America’s food system based on urgency, convenience and the bottom line of “The Man”? Shouldn’t it be based on food that gives us energy and makes us healthy?
Should the food we eat cause the often joked about “food coma”? No. Maybe once in a while we can indulge and not have a care in the world, but it should not be the standard. Everything in moderation.
40% of men and women in America will be diagnosed with some form of cancer in their lifetime, and this statistic is growing exponentially every year. One major cause for this is the food we eat, especially widespread pesticide contamination in our fruits and vegetables. It started with the baby boomers, the evolution of QSR’s, stores like Wal-Mart, and the material greediness of more, more, more…
We focused and worked hard to make sure we would never run out of food again, and the turnout was truly amazing. We kicked ass. But now we have a big problem.
Another major problem is food waste.
Do you buy groceries? Do you work for that money to buy groceries? And do you throw half of what you buy away every year? In America, we have integrated such a strong system for creating food that we can’t keep up with utilizing it all. Almost 50% of the fruits, proteins, vegetables, and other foodstuffs we purchase doesn’t make it into our mouths, according to a report published by The Guardian in 2013, and much of that food barely makes it off the shelves.
Because of this instinctual ambition to produce and provide, we’ve caused an absurd surplus and drastically lowered the standards of what “good food” should be. The standard we hold for the food we put in our bodies and the food systems we expect ourselves to think as “normal” is disgusting. This goes for all walks of life, from the poor to the rich.
RAISE YOUR STANDARDS
What happened to our sense of self-worth? Our pride? Our love for ourselves? Have we evolved to not think for ourselves? In a 2012 study conducted by dosomething.org, 52% of Americans polled believed doing their taxes was easier than figuring out how to eat healthy. They also discovered that at least 1 in 4 people eat some type of fast food every day. Is there a correlation? Of course.
Ask your grandmother how good the tomatoes, potatoes, and ground cherries were growing up. We’ve all heard their stories.
Many of us have lost our sense of self and what it means to live a healthy life. Healthy food is whole food. It’s simple. 10 ingredients at the most. It’s organic. It’s sustainable. It’s local.
Local, sustainable and organic are not new ideas. It’s the way things used be. It’s the way people ate for thousands of years. Before colossal factory farming, growing food was very simple:
- Grow what grows, where it grows
- Appreciate and take care of the land and people that provide for you
- Harvest food when it is at its peak
- Eat food when it is in season
We have lost track of ourselves. We have lost track of what is important and who is important. You are important. Listen to your body. Think for yourself. Take care of yourself. Live for yourself and others in your community by choosing to eat better.
As Hippocrates said, “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food” (460-377 B.C.)