Play­ing with food

The Northern Advocate - - Opinion -

Some time in hu­man his­tory, a loaf of bread was fairly stan­dard and cost a penny or two. It was made of non-hy­brid wheat and other sim­i­lar grains. It was part of a good, healthy meal of non-hor­moneen­hanced chicken or beef stew and veges un­tainted by chem­i­cal sprays.

In su­per­mar­kets a huge va­ri­ety of items seems to prom­ise to solve all our health prob­lems. This loaded mix of com­plex mar­ket­ing is a land­mine for peo­ple with se­ri­ous im­mu­nity and al­lergy is­sues. There is no best prod­uct in the con­text of such com­mer­cial lib­erty be­cause ge­net­i­cally (there­fore metabol­i­cally) we are all unique.

The huge yield hy­bridised ap­proach to food crop pro­duc­tion has not con­trib­uted to hu­man meta­bolic health. A high yield of what? Nu­tri­tional val­ues mea­sured in calo­ries (and the bank ac­count of the man­u­fac­tur­ers). A calo­rie is the en­ergy re­quired to raise the tem­per­a­ture of one gram of wa­ter through 1 de­gree Cel­sius.

Ob­vi­ously we need en­ergy pro­duc­tion in our bod­ies to be alive.

Calorific mea­sure­ment has be­come mis­used sci­en­tific/med­i­cal par­a­digm and has be­come a kind of so­cial ful­crum — a con­tract be­tween food sci­ence and a world ob­sessed with speed, win­ning (wars and sports), pro­duc­tion and so-called high en­ergy ac­tiv­ity.

Mod­ern foods con­trib­ute to un­nat­u­ral ( so­cially mis­placed) adren­a­line cy­cling, in­flam­ma­tory con­di­tions and most of the chronic dis­eases which have ex­ploded sta­tis­tics off the planet.

A truly bal­anced diet should gen­er­ate an ap­pro­pri­ately con­trolled cy­cling of en­ergy path­ways. Calo­rie count­ing is only part of the health pic­ture. It is very im­por­tant but needs to be un­der­stood within the con­text of the to­tal syn­ergy of food, di­ges­tion and over­all well­be­ing.

I would like to present ev­ery­one in Whanga¯rei who grows their own veg­eta­bles a cer­tifi­cate in so­cio-bi­ol­ogy but I can­not af­ford it. Fat chance of me ever buy­ing a loaf of bread for $10.50.

An­thony War­ren

Whanga¯rei

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