Saturday, March 2, 2013

A Few Thoughts on Food


Wherever the folkways of the Old South remain alive, eating still retains something of a communal and ritual nature (for instance, Andrew Lytle's description of the importance of suppah [i.e., supper], the midday meal, described in 'The Hind Tit').  John Granger delves into this deeper meaning of eating in his presentation at the 2011 Climacus Conference - 'The Way of Communion: Eating as an Extension and Echo of the Eucharist'.  Person vs. individual, the lack of saintliness in America, the physics and metaphysics of food - these and more are touched upon in Mr Granger's fairly lively talk.


In a very encouraging sign, reported on by Mike Adams, the inner city is beginning to reject Industrial Food.  This is important because those in large cities are the folks one would expect to be most accepting of processed foods, being cut off, for the most part, from the land and thus also from planting or raising, harvesting, and cooking real food.  That rejection is displayed bluntly in the music video 'Food Fight':

I don't accept the manmade global warming line in the video, but there is a lot to like here, even if one isn't generally a fan of rap music (as I admit that I am not).  They are furthermore trying to reach 10 million views to generate attention for their cause, so please do watch it and spread the word about it to others.  If you are interested in the story and people behind the video, you may read Mike Adams's report.


For those who prefer a more prosaic spear to thrust at Industrial Food, Dr Mercola's recent essay '10 Lies and Misconceptions Spread by Mainstream Nutrition' is excellent.  And Karen De Coster's introduction to the new book Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal is also very helpful.

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