Friday, March 26, 2010

Guestbeam by Akeela: We are eating ourselves sick

note: Extreme thanks the one who reasons, Lady Akeela for this piece. Visit her realm here.

We cannot deny that the global ecology has been affected by capitalism. Natural resources have been degraded and exploited historically as industrialization increased. Some resources like oil, coal, and natural gas take generations to renew, while fresh water is not renewable when the air and soil are polluted. Food is impacted by this demise, which directly affects our health.

Imagine living in a society where the elite are the only ones with access to food and clean water as you and the rest of the masses are reduced to eating a food source that is rationed out periodically.

The movie Soylent Green (1973) is the extreme but also not too far off the mark considering that we are suffering from periodic food recalls. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich with a glass of milk has become our own personal weapons of mass destruction. Gastronomy beware!

Creating a local and sustainable food system can become a way to control and reduce pathogens while simultaneously bringing a community together, educating youth, honoring elders, and creating jobs. Without a sustainable environment we will erode with the planet.

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