Let’s Take Back Food
What We Eat and How We Make It is Crazy.
Using huge swathes of land we relentlessly grow one type of crop in a petroleum intensive fashion to produce pesticide laden, genetically modified crops using methods that exhaust soils, deplete aquifers and wash nitrogen into our rivers. Instead of eating this produce, it is either delivered to food processing companies, sent off to feed massive numbers of livestock, or used to produce expensive and inefficient biofuels.
These food processors turn that fresh produce into dead, sugar ridden, salty infused, fatty crap that sits on shelves or hums in freezers for months or even years before it ever enters our bodies. The livestock community feeds this food to penned and caged up animals whom are weak, sick and essentially tortured for most of their lives - and then we eat their flesh and drink their milk. The biofuels industry takes crops which could feed hundreds of millions, and put them into our cars, driving up the costs of food related commodities worldwide.
The products that we eat after these massive amounts of produce are turned into ‘food’, leaves us sick (heart disease, diabetes, cancer, etc) and we are then bled dry by expensive pharmaceuticals and medical treatment. This leads to more than just the person who ate the nasty food suffering from it! It hurts our families, our communities and whole countries. It’s such a big problem that it even blows up our national deficits, because of the subsidies we give to this process and from the great costs medical treatments impose on us ($2.4 Trillion in 2008)
To be brief – the way we grow food, what we eat as ‘food’ and the effects it has on our bodies after we eat it is absolutely INSANE. It’s actually comical that people look at someone like me who thrives off a locally sourced, seasonally driven, produce based diet that I try to grow in my backyard and call what I’m saying ‘controversial’ or ‘crazy’. I don’t think it takes much more than an average understanding of our actual food production process and some basic nutritional intuition (one that ignores the heavy lobbying of the FDA and USDA by the meat and dairy industries), to see that the ‘normal’ way to eat is actually completely broken.
If this gets you down, then stop right now and cheer up. Because I’ve got answers to this pollution ridden, poisonous and corrupted system we depend on, and using these ideas we can quite literally save the planet, changing this world for the better. So are you ready? Listen up.
The whole plan revolves around your food choices
That’s because the revolution starts with your mouth. You can change what you eat tomorrow and that is true power. We the People can shift the supply and demand curve back into the direction we wish, just with our dollars. It’s already happening everywhere around you, people are ‘waking up’! So why not join in?
Alright fruit-freak, where do I start? By shifting your diet towards a whole-foods based one, away from this system. The best way to start doing this and make a sustainable, community driven, change, is to start your own garden and grow some food on your own. That’s what ‘The FruitMonster Garden’ is all about!
It’s easier than you think, and I’m going to devote this section of my blog to covering how you can do it. Through my YouTube videos, helpful links on my Twitter feed and a series of blog posts – we’re going to go over how just about anyone can have a garden (yes, even you apartment ridden folks!). There are countless methods of doing so, so there is really no excuse. If you want to make a difference in this world, then starting with a garden is an excellent way to start. You’ll be amazed what you learn and how big the smile is on your face when you reap your first harvest!
It’s quite obviously hard to grow ALL of your own food, so what else can you do? Start doing more of your shopping at your local farmer’s markets. We really need to start doing this enmass right now! (Watch out, Wal-Mart sells over 20% of the food in the US!). So where are they? In the United States, search for the nearest one here. Australians, check out this link. By supporting your local farmers, you are stimulating your local economy, getting fresher and healthier produce, and you will find great satisfaction in getting to know the person who grew your food. Plus, I often find the best deals on fruit and veggies there! Its a win-win-win-win!!
If you can’t get to the farmer’s market, then there is another option for you Australians (if anyone knows of a system like this in the U.S., please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org) – it’s called Aussie Farmer’s Direct. They will deliver fresh fruits and veggies right to your door, and you will get a GREAT deal. They get goods straight from the farmers, bypassing the supermarkets and supporting Australian agriculture. What a great deal!
So to review – I’m endorsing a produce based diet, self grown, locally sourced and supportive of farmers. Doing so, you can snag up armloads of fresh fruits and veggies and indulge in a vigorous fruitmonstering session, a refreshing juice or a monster-sized green smoothie.
Be sure to check out my YouTube channel for the latest from the ‘FruitMonster Garden’!