Today, each and every meal we eat has an immense global impact. The vital information we need to know about our food is still not being told properly and explained enough. If we don‘t actively search for knowledge about the food we eat, we are kept in the dark and have absolutely no idea about what is going on „behind the scenes“ — and, like an iceberg, how much lies under the surface of the water.
The problems which are caused by our food are so fundamental that they should be discussed in every school, at every level all over the world. Where does our food really come from? Who is involved in making our food? How many people are involved in making our food? How does the food we eat today affect our health and our lives? How do our meals affect the lives of other people? How will the lives and the futures of our children and grandchildren be affected by the food we eat today? And foremost what does our choice of food mean for the actual animals that we are eating?
There can’t be enough websites, blogs, books or films to inform us about the repercussions each meal has when we make the wrong choices. We need information to help us stop — and think and make new choices and to pass on the information which we have gathered to others.
Food is the third basic necessity on our list in order to survive after air and water. We can, to varying levels, live without shelter, safety, sleep and clothing – but not without water and food.
The few large food corporations in the world combined with the pharmaceutical industry are literally selling us a cheap and unhealthy product — food.
The ridiculously low price of food is made on the backs of cheap labour, poverty, hunger and waste and by the destruction of our only home and the home of our children, and of course by using living animals and treating them like inorganic products — and making us forget that what we are eating are living animals which feel pain, fear, hunger, thirst, love and contentment.
By taking over the production of our food, these corporations intend to completely severe any natural connection which we should have with the food we eat. With the use of advertising — to the point of propaganda — they are making us believe that we have so many choices and that their goal is a good one, to feed the world.
If we take a minute and ask ourselves, why is food suddenly so cheap that it can be wasted without a thought? Why are animal factories always very out of sight? The same way in which we are able to visit a small local farm or urban garden, why can’t we visit an animal factory and an abattoir to see how our meat is produced? Why are so many people sick and overweight and increasingly more dependent on medication? What am I really giving my child to eat? Our grandparents could have answered this question, but can we? Food is so fundamental, but in today’s world we know so little about it. We have handed over the reins so trustingly to a handful of corporations, to many illegal workers, to our governments and to the pharmaceutical industry.
The first purpose which food should fulfill is to give us nutrition and energy. Of course being human, means that we have given food a much more complex meaning. Unlike other mammals, we associate food with emotions; joy or sorrow, and with meaningful events (of our creation), celebrations, rituals and spiritual occasions. For example, it is a human decision to eat turkey for thanksgiving, which means that whether we really want to eat turkey or not, turkeys are still killed every year. In the United States alone, 300,000,000 Turkeys are killed each year for thanksgiving and Christmas(1). The US population in 2017 is approx. 326,000,000. Does this mean that each household raises a couple of turkeys in their backyard for each years event? No. This is how 300,000,000 Turkeys per year is possible.
So we have grown used to choosing our meals depending on our moods, what we‘re used to, what we grew up with, our lifestyle and the amount of money we earn. Being that humans are supposedly so intelligent, it is amazing how easily we have become slaves to creative packaging and special ingredients and chemicals which have us uncontrollably craving for more of what is not good for us.
When it comes to nutrition there is an increasingly lack of knowledge, misinformation and most of all channelled information in order to keep us misinformed, happy, ignorant consumers.
The methods in which we humans get our food has come to a peak — a boiling point — like a volcano waiting to erupt. We have gone from self-sufficient and locally grown and having a first hand and personal connection to our food, where it was grown, who killed it, who picked it and who cooked it, to utter dependence and forced ignorance and as far removed from the original source as possible.
We need to ask questions, to stop — and think and gather information to help us make new choices and to pass on our learned information to others.
The methods in which we humans get — or better said, are given our food has come to a peak a boiling point like a volcano waiting to erupt. We have gone from self-sufficient and locally grown and having a first hand and personal connection to our food, where it was grown, who killed it, who picked it, what’s in it and who cooked it, to utter dependence, forced ignorance and as far removed from the original source as possible.
There is a rapidly growing movement of people all over the world who are asking questions, looking behind the scenes and gathering knowledge. People like you and me, doctors, lawyers and people from all walks of life. Some of these people are even risking their lives to get information. Like the brave people who fought and even gave their lives to end slavery and the suffragette women who gave women the vote, we will give animals a voice and by doing this end animal slavery, save our environment and our diversity, stop poverty, restore our clean water supply on our planet, give many people their health back, bring back private, locally owned small businesses, reduce waste and give our children and future generations a safe and healthy planet.
written by Ruth Nelson-Andorf