Feel like having an orange? Of course, you could open a carton of freshly squeezed orange juice and pour yourself a glass. You could also peel yourself an orange A few generations from now, kids might not recognize an orange. The sole orange that they would know of is the liquid form that comes out of the carton.
Foodfacts.com observes that this may be taking it a little too far. But the fact remains that the food landscape is totally different from what it was barely a couple of decades ago. Our ways of eating have undergone a significant change in the past 100 years or so.
Our ancestors started off as hunters and later progressed to hunters and gatherers. Somewhere down the road in the past 10000 years or possibly even longer, we started to grow grains, vegetables and fruit and reaped the benefits of a diverse diet.
From hunters and gathers and cultivators, we now have become enthusiastic and voracious assimilators of food. We don’t eat to live, but we live to eat. And like our ancestors, meat forms a major part of our diet.
In a way we now have come full circle. When we started we used to seek out animals for food. Now the only hunting we do is for top deals or cuts in chicken, beef, pork and seafood in supermarkets.
Some feel that our consumption of meat is far too high.The consumption of excess meat has resulted in a number of diseases and lifestyle problems. However, our existence is threatened in an even more potent and ominous way because of a diet predominant in meat. We feed our livestock soya and corn; grains that nature never intended as food for cattle. This is actually the second largest known reason behind global warming.
The problem is not simply about meat. It’s about what and how we eat. The common supermarket has aisles of different types of foods. Look at the grocery that you buy and you’ll find that large amounts are incredibly processed, unwholesome and totally unnecessary.
So, do we give up eating? Or, do we stop processing our food? We can’t cease eating, fort sure. There’s also no reason that we can’t enjoy our food. We should also process our food or we’ll have stones of wasted fruit, vegetables and grain.
We need to draw the line between food that’s healthy for us, and food that is empty calories. We must also eat more of a well-balanced diet with more wholegrain, fruit and veggies and less meat. As consumers we should know the difference between food that is good for us and doesn’t increase our bottom line and food that is good simply for the bottom line of food processing companies.