“The power for creating a better future is contained in the present moment: You create a good future by creating a good present.” – Eckhart Tolle
As long as we are living, we need food to keep us going. Food and water are both very important resources for any creature. Their availability and quality may be the deciding factor on whether one lives or dies.
Because of the developments in technology, food can now be mass produced in factories. In fact, so much of these milled goods have been manufactured and distributed all over the world to feed millions.
So, is there enough food for everybody? The answer is yes.
Food from factories go through so many unnecessary processes and are added with unnecessary supplements. I say unnecessary because most of the food that we can get from nature are best consumed directly and are nutritious just the way they are.
So, is having enough food…enough? The answer is no.
Many components affect the quality of our food. Grown crops, for example, are reported to have become more and more toxic due to the pesticides that were used to repel or kill insects that swarm them.
This is the current state of our food supply, particularly our greens: According to recent UK government data on pesticides and mainstream crops, this could create an alarming cocktail effect.
The number of different active pesticide ingredients used on crops has increased between 6 and 18 times since the 1960s. Toxicologists refer to a cocktail effect because while safety certificates are issued to individual pesticides, their cumulative effect is not tested.
Now, you do not want to feed your family (or yourself!) toxic food. Anything toxic isn’t even food to begin with.
The solution therefore is to swap conventional for organic. Grow your own food. In the organic farming system, certified by the Soil Association, only 15 pesticides are permitted. These ones are derived from natural ingredients and used only under heavily regulated circumstances.
In the words of Wendell Berry, a novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer:
“Eating is an agricultural act.”
Our fruits and veggies are becoming less nutritious with a decline in iron, calcium and magnesium. This is due to farming the same higher-yield varieties at increased pace, so we’re producing crops that deliver fewer nutrients.
We need to learn how to grow our own fruits and vegetables, about the farming system, the variety and the impact. What has decreased in value because of technology we can still save with the proper use of technology. We only need to be better informed.