Humans co-evolved with their environment, and adapted to a variety of different diets. Or rather can host a variety of different sets of micro-organisms in their guts pre-processing what ever lands in the digestion tract.
This adaptability means even unbalanced diets containing of junk food will get the eco-system in the guts working, with potentially harmful consequences for the human host. Food can pre-determine the emotional defaults humans experience, reflecting the harmony existing in stomach and intestines.
While humanity successfully adapted to a variety of locally available food sources, the meme of preserving food transformed the attitude towards food in detrimental ways. The desire to have any sort of taste available at any given time to synthesise tastes and create food-like substances.
Ancient ideas about nutrition, deriving from Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese Medicine, appreciate the diversity in body types. Nutritional advice bases on the body type and current constitution, the Western approach about ‘one size fits all’ and ‘super-foods’ doesn’t really apply.
Processing food and genetically engineering, combined with an abundance of environmental toxins to grow food in industrial style, contribute to the epidemic of food intolerances existing mainly in the Western world at this time of history.
If ‘food’ remains looking good month it has been prepared, and not even micro-organisms or insects would want to use it, it might have only little to none nutritional value at all. While many places don’t allow to harvest fresh food all year round, some forms of preservation manage to maintain healthy properties better than others.
Not all areas humans inhabit would permit a ‘vegan’ diet, not using any animal products. The respect given to any animal consumed for human survival matters more than the fact consuming something which was alive. If humans can sustain their metabolism without food, no harm to other species need to be inflicted. Otherwise, harm minimisation and respect for other beings seem more important than vegan political correctness.
Yet the view of food as ‘product’ led to the absurd consequence of ‘over-production’ of food – in the least few years about 30% more food than required for the survival of 7 billion humans has been produced, and still some of the human family die of starvation. The systems build to provide security for societies fail to provide essentials for all of humanity.
The second hand reality suggests rather food scarcity, severe enough to throw compassion over board. It appears rather bizarre that in a time of massive information interchange that obvious myth still bears credibility, but then, domestication works better than expected even with a self-aware species like humans.
Local food production would solve many of the perceived problems humanity faces right now. It demonstrates the abundance inherent in life, it grounds humans (literally), and fresh ingredients in a self-prepared meal often act as medicine. Food independence counteracts domestication, which is why the Agenda 21 was devised. It aims to implement centralised food production and distribution, creating dependency to a system of domination.
Local food production is not only possible, but required for the evolution of humanity. Enough people staring edible garden, especially in urban settings, can make industrial style agriculture obsolete. Solutions for growing food in a variety of climate zones exist, and applying these would increase the knowledge required for smooth operations.
Eating non-food for humans hungry for more. If humanity doesn’t tame its rapacious appetite, it will destroy the basis to sustain such a large number of domesticated individuals. This doesn’t happen for the first time in planetary history. No one knows yet whether this time humanity leaps to the next level.