I love good food. Home grown, sustainably raised, organic, thoughtfully prepared with herbs and/or seasonings, delightfully plated that whets the appetite visually as well as the “rumbly in the tumbly” (Winne the Pooh). What we stuff in our pie holes is pretty important, both for us as humans but also the planet.
We’re pretty lucky in this country that we have access to a world of food…literally. Here in Colorado, we could no more grow bananas or chocolate (cacao) than fly to the moon! But we can run to the local grocery store and just *pick some up*.
Whether you are omnivore or vegan, keto or celiac, food is life. So, what do I mean when I say *clean food*?
Before the 1940’s, food was grown, by today’s standards, organically. Crop rotation, composting and manure application, and cover crops were how the soils were kept viable with nutrients so the next harvest would produce enough food for the farmer’s family or his business. Things they couldn’t control were weather issues like rain, too much or lack of, damaging storms, heat and cold. Also, pests and diseases. Insects can often damage plants enough that disease can take hold and kill it. Sometimes bugs facilitate diseases. Sometimes bugs *are* the disease.
Chemical insecticides came about in a rather odd way. Prior to WWII, disease killed more people than wars. Statistically, by a LOT. A Swiss chemist developed the well-known pesticide DDT in 1939 to kill mosquitoes and other insects that carry diseases. The success of DDT got back to farmers who thought to also use it on crops…and the chemical revolution began.
Pesticides led to other chemical enhancements (in my opinion, most likely because the extensive use of the insecticides which tipped the natural world out of balance so, other chemicals became “necessary” to rebalance). This created bigger and better harvests and they all thought, “Hey! We’re on to something here!” What was not taken into account, was what the long-term effects of all those chemicals might be.
We are only now realizing that those compounds used to prevent plant disease, and grow more consistent food stuffs, is not good for us, the plants, or…the earth.
Cancer has continued to plague humanity in developed nations. Depending on the statistics one reads and from whom they come from, it would seem that rates are down. Billions and trillions are spent “finding cures”, but cancer persists. (I could go down a significant rabbit-hole here, but I won’t). I don’t think you could find any adult that has no friends or family members affected by cancer.
I am of the school of thought that what we are *eating* has considerable impact on our body’s ability to fight disease. If you are a vegetarian, but only eat that which is “conventionally grown” (those treated with chemicals in the growing process), how healthy is your diet, really? It’s been found that many of the elements in fertilizers and pesticides reside in the produce. There’s no way to wash it off. It’s part of the plant. And we’re eating them. Then add in the meat industry and it’s an additional can of worms, so to speak. What the animals are fed and injected with and raised with.
Whatever you choose to eat, make more conscious decisions about it. Yes, you will spend more money at the grocery store buying organic and sustainably raised food. Probably a lot more. But your body will be stronger and healthier to withstand the next cold and flu season. Or your next injury. You will sleep better and feel better and be happier. You will be sick less. You will be able to do more. As a cancer survivor, I can attest to the *quality* of life that JUST eating better as afforded me. Personally, I can’t remember the last time I had a cold or the flu. It’s been years.
We *get hungry* for one of two reasons. First, because our body needs energy, we’re low on “gas”. Second, because the body needs particular nutrients to perform vital tasks. If you eat nutritionally deficient (junk) food often, your body will turn on the hunger response more often in search of those nutrients. This is one cause of weight gain. Eat an apple instead of a cupcake.
The subject of clean food is deep and wide. Far deeper than I have space for here. But because we have easy access to all kinds of food year-round, unlike our ancestors, we can, and should, make better choices. We don’t have to die of diseases like they did.
We have to fight the chemicals with our wallets. The organic food industry is worth billions now. Home gardens are gaining ground…literally. ? Local and sustainable food is where health is. Think of your body like your own personal Ferrari® (or super car of your desire) and you’re only going to give it the best fuel and maintenance. Did you know it’s a fact that we take care of our cars better than our bodies? The ripple effect of more people eating as much as possible without chemicals can also go deep and wide. As we reject food treated unnaturally, those companies will be forced to reconsider their business models. It really does take a village.
“To eat is a necessity, but to eat intelligently is an art.” ~Francoise de La Rochefoucauld