“People are fed by the food industry, which pays no attention to health, and are healed by the health industry, which pays no attention to food.” ~Wendell Berry, agrarian writer
“Modern man stands on a precipice. Continued physical degeneration is inevitable if we continue to eat industrial foods; but we have more knowledge and resources today than at any time in recent history to help us adopt a diet that ensures good health, generation after generation.” ~Kathryne Pirtle, Weston A. Price Foundation
These quotations make me consider two things which should characterize our pursuit of True Food: Integration and Generations.The idea of integration encourages the consumer—the buyer, the cook, the eater—to make choices which complement and bring together all areas of his life. Too often there is a dichotomy between food and health, whereas, if made compatible with each other, food and health would each have many times the impact and potential in our bodies and in our society. If food is chosen to promote health, and if in good health we are able to enjoy good food, we are much better off. To not realize this is schizophrenic—meaning to do two contradictory things while not expecting contradictory results.
The idea of multi-generational thinking encourages the consumer to look behind us in history to learn what people ate and how they lived, and to look forward into the future to imagine the consequences if we keep doing what we are doing today. Sickness and disease are only growing in their grasp on Western nations, and reversing this trend will take drastic action. Looking at the past gives us much wisdom about what to eat and how it nourishes us, and we would do well to heed this knowledge while taking advantage of the research, transportation, and resources available to us today. We have no excuse; we have knowledge of the past and tools for the future, if only they are used wisely.
The right food will be true to all that we need it to do: satisfy our tastes, nourish our bodies, hearken to bygone wisdom, and sustain the next generation. Consider the internal and the external when you put food into your body. Consider history and the future when you choose food today. In your choices, look beyond the immediate desire and the immediate need, and choose food which will truly integrate all that it can, and which will respect the heritage of other generations.