(Please excuse my anger, but the beast must be released sometimes…)
Why? Why? Why has humanity stopped caring? Forgot what it means to be a human? Forgot what it means to be of the animal kingdom?
Last week, I found myself in many small cities and towns across the beautiful (rainy) states of Oregon and Washington. I was excited to be out in the calm, slow,relaxing country, surrounded by cows, and trees, and vegetation. But, my hopes were soon crushed with every town we entered. Walmart, Albertsons, Safeway, Fred Meyers. What has happened to our farm towns? our rural folk? our reliance on community? Instead of relaxing, watching the rain, eating homemade soup, I was forced into the constricting isles of Fred Meyer. Obese assholes shoving their way past the minuscule pathetic display of organic vegetables to get to their “health food” of Yoplait whips, coconut waters, and Kellogg‘s Heart Smart Frosted Flakes. Children pointing and saying, “Mommy what’s that?” “I don’t know *checks tag* its Kale, you put it on a sandwich or something, com’on… what type of Lunchable do you want?”
These small communities and its members that once fed us are now helping to kill us by supporting these disgusting companies and these giant grocery tycoons. People have forgotten the purpose of food. As one of the basic necessities of life, like water and shelter, food keeps us alive; gives us nutrients to be healthy and to continue being healthy. Why have we diverged so far away from one of our most primitive and simple human necessities and given the responsibility of ensuring our life to power hungry money gobbling monsters? These people don’t care if we are healthy, they care if we are alive and have money so that we can purchase and continue purchasing their product.
I believe that, soon, the world will be much different than the one we know now. December 2012, World War III, I dont know what it will take, but I do understand what it will take to be alive. And that is to know how to feed myself once the supermarkets, processed food, and packaging plants are gone. Gardening, hunting, forming community, sharing, foraging, gathering. I understand what it means to be an animal and a human being.
Ignorance is not bliss. With that, I leave you with some helpful quotes for making educated food choices….
Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. -Michael Pollan
Shipping is a terrible thing to do to vegetables. They probably get jet-lagged, just like people. -Elizabeth Berry
We think fast food is equivalent to pornography, nutritionally speaking. -Steve Elbert
Shake the hand that feeds you. -Michael Pollan