Making our way back to non-industrial food

my brother's cat going back down the ladder

Good Morning, God!

Sometimes, God, I feel like this cat as I try to get us back into non-industrial food. Tradition used to set our tables.

Mothers used to make sure their children ate their “greens.” Not just vegetables but herbs, too. Gosh, God. Vegetables used to be grown in backyards.

Now mothers have been replaced “experts and studies” — often paid for by the food conglomerates. In the 1970’s, the cigarette companies diversified by buying up food companies like General Foods. They gave us what we wanted — Frankenfood — made to taste addictive, sit on the shelves forever, and sell.

What else besides “greens” are “missing” in our Standard American Diet? Here’s one thing most of us don’t think of: Microbes. That’s the fauna and flora that are so essential to a well-functioning gut. Louis Pasteur and his pasteurization won the battle against botulism and some other nasty germs — but the long term effect on our health is just beginning to unfold. Now, it seems we can be too clean.

Antibiotics are even more of a double-edged sword. “Taking antibiotics is like setting off a bomb and hoping more bad guys die than good guys,” is a quote from an article in the March 2011 Discover magazine on our gut. Yikes! [Click here to hear the article.]

It wasn’t that long ago that we humans stored food by fermenting it — in effect, growing enough Good Bacteria so that the Bad Guys couldn’t get in. Kim Chee and sauerkraut spring to mind. Imagine that God — life BEFORE canning. Sigh, Most folks can’t even remember life before Pringles.

But, the Tide is beginning to turn, God! Even if we are all picking our way along like my brother’s cat. Going back, isn’t easy.

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