“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”―Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution.
I sometimes take for granted the knowledge I have. I don’t mean that egotistically, but I sometimes forget that others may not understand what I’m talking about because specific ideas or concepts might be entirely new to them.
This sometimes makes it hard to communicate the importance of food and nutrition.
Most people don’t know much about food and nutrition other than how to eat it. That’s not a knock on them by any means; it’s a knock on our education system. But the education system is not what I want to talk about today.
No, I want to talk about food and biology, and I’m using Mr. Fukuoka’s quote above to help me do that.
Ok… let’s get to it.
We all know that we have to eat to stay alive. (Some may not understand this… whatever.)
Did you know that humans have survived in the wild for hundreds of thousands of years? This is a proven scientific fact and is indisputable. We have fossil records to prove this. Ok, I am moving on.
Now, these human beings that lived and survived in the wild are our ancestors. You understand this because you understand reproduction and that each person alive was produced by another human being, by their mother and father.
Are we all still in agreement? Good, moving on.
Based on these few fundamental truths, we can start thinking about food and how it plays into this picture. This leads me to the following: You are alive because your ancestors ate food and survived long enough to raise offspring, which ate and raised offspring, and on and on until today.
So basically, you and I are the byproduct of food and sex.
Ok, another fact that will help me make my point pertains to sex. We all know how sex works, well, most of us, anyway. Basally, there is no confusion about what produces a baby: sperm fertilizes an egg.
Religious or not, I doubt there is any debate here. This is just nature, how humans are programmed.
Imagine if someone came in and said, “I can manufacture sperm and an egg to create a human being.” While scientists are trying to make this, and we have “cloned” sheep, organic matter is still a regular part of this puzzle.
You see, to be able to produce a human baby, there has to be organic matter produced from a human being. Even cloning and stem cell research are done using organic, living material.
There will never be a way (hopefully never) we can manufacture a human being without organic, living material. No machine, synthetics, or computer can ever give life to an actual human. By the very definition, the creation of any being using any of these non-human substances would be termed a “cyborg,” “robot,” or “artificial intelligence.”
Ok, we agree on this point. Now to the food.
My fundamental point to all of this is you can’t live/grow/sustain an organic human being with inorganic matter, e.g., synthetics, chemicals, and other non-food, non-living, non-organic substances. It just doesn’t work.
The human body is made to consume living, organic natural foods to process and convert them into energy to heal, repair, grow, and run itself.
Even the most quackish nutrition dogma will likely agree with this fact: Humans are made to eat real food.
Hopefully, you’re still with me.
Here’s the thing about real food and why this is so important:
The majority of food in the Standard American Diet, and other Westernized cultures that have access to the same food products we do, is fake, processed, synthetic, not-real food!
The human being is not made to function on anything but real food and the majority of food consumed in our society isn’t real.
Do you see the mismatch here?
Like I said at the beginning of this piece, some people don’t understand this because they’ve never read it, heard it, or been taught it. Shame on the food pyramid, school lunches, big food corporations, and magazines like Shape, Curve, and Cosmo feature full-page ads for yogurt, granola, and Kasha cereal. Blah makes me sick just thinking about it.
“So what?” you ask.
Well, the “so what” is that you are killing yourself and stifling every part of your life with the crappy food you put in your body.
Food dictates your hormones, which dictates everything else in your life. Food is linked to how you feel about yourself and the world, how you look when you see your reflection, and how you perform at work. Your energy levels. How well you sleep. Your blood pressure. Your blood lipid levels. Everything.
Food is directly correlated to every quality marker in your health and life. Everything.
Again, food is linked to everything.
And when you put synthetic food into your body, you are hurting it, destroying it bit by bit—a slow death.
When you eat real food, you are promoting your health. You are healing your body, making it stronger. You are thriving. You feel better, look better, think better, and work better. You live better.
Food is connected to it all.
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