How what we eat affects where we all live

Trust me, I’ve not got it the wrong way round. Obviously where you live can and will affect what you eat, such as the difference between an Indian diet and a Japanese or European or American diet but that’s not what I’m here to discuss.

What we eat not only affects us all directly but indirectly too and has caused irreversible (in our lifetime) damage to our home, planet Earth. Whilst the food industry and governments of today won’t admit this, we are living way, way, WAY beyond our means and very soon we will be forced to change our diets, whether we want to or not.

Just so you know, I’m not a vegan, I’m not advocating vegetarianism and I’m not even going to tell you to stop eating meat. It’s your choice and it has to be your choice. After I learned more about not only the health benefits but the environmental benefits of eating more fresh fruit and vegetables, I made the decision to dramatically alter my diet. I should also say that I am a member and supporter of Viva! who are a charitable organisation that campaigns for the welfare of animals within the food industry.

I like logic. It works for me because I don’t particularly have to convey the science behind things, I just have to help you understand the implications of our actions. Most of the time it’s simple cause and effect. I read and try to understand as much of the science behind everything that I write on this blog and you can too, it’s all out there on-line and in books.

This is my logical argument as to why you should consider “how what you eat affects where ‘we’ live”. I use the royal ‘we’ because what ‘we’ (all of us – you and I) eat affects where ‘we’ (all of us – you and I) live. We’re all in this together.

First off lets look at organic foods. If there is an organic alternative, I’ll buy that one over the mass-produced version every single time.

Why?

Because the agribusiness industry use pesticides to protect their crops from insects, animals and diseases. Pesticides are harmful chemicals that are designed to kill things that the agribusiness industry have classified as a threat to their profit potential. In my opinion and using my logic, things that are designed to kill other things, as a rule, generally aren’t going to be good for us.

So why would we chose to eat a product that has been treated with a poisonous or harmful substance?

Could it be that the dangers of chemically treating foods has been suppressed in order for the agribusiness industry to continue maximising its profits?

And you wonder why we get cancer?

The use of these chemicals does not just remain in or affect just the local environment. These chemicals can be found in our water supply and in the atmosphere all over the world and are now present in small levels in all of us whether we eat organic or not. Scary stuff. If we continue to mass-produce food in this way the problems we are causing, such as cancer, will only continue to get worse. Change is needed and is inevitable at some point. I am not referring to genetic modification of crops either. That is a topic for another post.

Secondly lets look at eating as close to the food source as possible.

The minute you pick a piece of fruit or vegetable it starts to decay, as you have removed its natural food source.

This is normal.

The minute you cut, chop or process a piece of fruit or vegetable the cells around that area start to decay.

This is normal.

What do you think happens to food that gets picked, processed and then stored in a tin or jar for consumption weeks, months or even years into the future? It decays.

This is normal.

How does the food industry combat this, because remember, the longer the shelf life of a product, the higher the percentage chances of that product making it into your shopping basket and thus the manufacturer and re-seller of that product receiving the maximum value from the manufacturing process and sale of that product.

We somehow seem to have come to accept that this is normal, but is it right and is it in our best interest?

No.

It is in the agribusiness industries best interest, not yours. They wish to ensure that their products remains consumable (this is different from maintaining their nutritional value) for as long as possible. To achieve this and combat the natural effects of decay the food industry adds preservatives. Over time these preservatives may interact with the taste, texture and appearance of the food, so other stabilising, bulking, colouring and flavouring agents may need to be added into the mix. These may well be artificial in origin and not something that our bodies were designed to process, store or even make use of. So the end result is that we not only have food that has lost over 50% of its nutritional value, we have food that is significantly higher in artificial contaminants than its fresh, organic counterpart.

And why do you think we get cancer again?

Thirdly lets look at meat. Meat is a great source of protein but it’s also the single biggest reason for the destruction of our planets natural habitats. In order to raise cattle you need land and you need to feed them to make sure they grow as big as possible. In order for the agribusiness industry to maximise its potential profit it needs to minimise the cost of the land and the feed that is uses to raised cattle.

This brings inherent problems. As we know from our own experience, a poor diet leads to poor health, so these animals are more susceptible to illness. They are also kept in close proximity to each other, which means disease and infections can spread rapidly.

How does the agribusiness industry combat this problem?

Farmers inject their cattle with antibiotics and growth hormones to counteract the poor diet and cramped living conditions. Combine this with the fact that huge amounts of land are required to both grow the food that is needed to feed the cattle as well as house them. To achieve this, agribusiness destroy vast quantities of cheap, forest land and turns it into desert wasteland in order to continue to keep up with our demands to eat more and more meat.

We need these natural habitats but are we consulted prior to their destruction?

Of course not and once they are gone they are gone for at least several generations if not thousands of years. Supported by governments all over the world, over the last 60 years the agribusiness industry has transformed our planet from a lush green self-sustaining ecosystem into a barren, desolate profit-making desert wasteland and it continues to do so at an ever-increasing pace.

I’ll leave you with this short video about sustainable eating.

If you agree with some or all of the content in this post then please do something to support change. At the very least, like and share this post with as many of your friends on social media as you can. Start looking beyond what we are being told by industry, governments and the media and find out for yourself what’s actually happening to our planet and all life on earth.

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