It doesn’t matter which way you look at it we seem determined to kill each other with the only thing that should be sustaining us . . . our food!
When we look at our treatment of our greatest larder, the oceans, we can’t find enough ways to abuse this food supply. We are harvesting its wealth to extinction to support limitless profit growth from limited resources . . . Duh!!!
And if that isn’t enough we pour our waste into them in a naive belief they will just magic it all away. Already the toxic waste that flowed into the see after the Fukushima disaster is turning up on the west coast of America according to some reports. We are aware of tidal flows and currents but chose to ignore them when we dump our dangerous chemicals . . . Duh!!!
When we come back on land the picture doesn’t get much better. We discovered that sugar is a great preservative and thereby reducing wastage and increasing profit. It also has addictive powers and can enhance our desire to eat without necessarily nourishing us. As obesity and diabetes continues to spread across humanity – 347 million people worldwide have diabetes and the World Health Organisation predict it will become the 7th leading cause of death by 2030.
As farming methods intensify to feed us and grow profits, the use of pesticides is producing alarming stories of increased cancer rates among farm workers who apply these chemicals. There are also reports of pesticides and herbicides being linked to increased risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
As a reaction against intensive farming the organic movement has now gained considerable credibility as a source of healthy and nourishing food supply. However, that too is now under threat as one of the world’s largest conglomerates, Walmart, enters the organic arena. What has been seen as a strictly regulated market place will be challenged by established business practices that force suppliers to cut costs, quality and standards, tempting farmers to bend and break organic rules to pare expenses.
Time will tell how things shape up in this one area of food purity but if it succumbs to the pressures suffered by other food suppliers we will have closed off the only hope of turning the tide on our obsessive compulsion to kill each other by putting profit above our health and well-being.