In Search of REAL Food

“We come unbidden into this life, and if we are lucky we find a purpose beyond starvation…which, lest we forget, is the common lot”–Abraham Verghese in Cutting For Stone

It is difficult to imagine starvation as a worldwide problem when food is literally at our fingertips in America.  We are lucky to have the opportunity to be so picky as to choose where and what we eat, much less have difficulty in finding REAL food among the myriad of available sources.  Since the advent of the ‘supermarket’ in 1946 (yes, supermarkets are a mid-20th century phenomenon), we have separated ourselves from where and how food is actually grown…in the earth, and from animals that eat food naturally occurring from the earth.  Humans are genetically engineered to eat REAL food, not contortionist franken-foods such as those found in boxes, bags, big chain supermarkets, and drive-thru’s. It only takes a quick glance around to see the devastating health effects of fake food.

The only choice, as I see it, is to get back to eating, as close as possible, to the way our ancestors ate…REAL food.  The way we consumed food before factory farming, genetically modified seeds, deconstructed fats, chemical laden produce, and caged feed-lot animals.  The only way to move forward is to look backward…to our ancestors, but this isn’t the direction we are heading.  Check out this interactive supermarket in a subway in Seoul, Korea where billions of people have access to loading up their virtual grocery carts on their mobile phone apps, then have the food delivered the next day to their doorstep.  That is about as far removed from your food source as you can get.  In the past few months Chicago and Philadelphia have followed in Korea’s footsteps by adding these electronic grocery stores to train stations.  Don’t get me wrong…I love one-click internet ordering as much as the next person, but we have to remember to support our local farmers as much as possible, or they will fade into history, just as the big box grocery store chains are predicted to do.

It is just as hard to imagine modern day starvation, as it is the disappearance of a grocery store, but they are both a growing reality. Imagine a world where people are not connected to their food source, even more so than today.  The health and environmental ramifications will be horrendous.   That is why I am on a quest to find REAL food and help others realize the importance, and ease, of purchasing locally grown food.  Which brings to mind my favorite quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”–Ghandi.

Check out my REAL food shopping spree in East Tennessee to see just how simple and fun shopping local can be.  It may not replace the rush of the one-click, instant gratification, package-on-your-doorstep shopping, but it will improve your health and help prevent Soylent Green and Wall-E from becoming a reality.