I wrote this article for Living Green Magazine.
Uneven distribution of resources has resulted in entire communities being malnourished due to unavailability of food in the developed world, but what’s even more staggering is the amount of people in the developed world ill and obese from poor food choices, even if there is nourishing sustenance available.
Twenty five years ago most food we ate was fresh and locally grown. Now, it is mainly processed, full of sorts of additives, ingredients and stimulants that cause us to spin in confusion.
The problem is not only in the food we eat. The problem also lies in mass manufacture. Marketing and production are creating unnatural demand. The industry is fuelling our demand.
Only after we tackle the fundamental problem of the state of our mental and physical addictions to food – and consumption in general – can we achieve our principles and improve social morale.
The solution is quite simple: reducing overall consumption, switching to natural, whole, unprocessed foods straight from the Earth, and physically moving more.
Where we go from here will not only determine the quality and the length of individual lives but the world as a whole.
Bittman, Mark. TED Talk: “What’s wrong with what we eat”.
Harcombe, Zoe. The Obesity Epidemic: What Caused it? How can we stop it? New York: Columbus, 2010
Oliver, Jamie. TED Talk: “Teach every child about food”.