any of you will wonder what I will be dealing with in “fast food,” since I have already dealt withthe subject of the one-minute meal in the “takeaways” topic, but fast food is more than just fattyhamburgers, chicken drumsticks, and sickly soft drinks; fast food is anything you don’t growyourself.
It will shock most of you to think that the local seasonal organic beans you have to soak overnight, beforeyou cook and season before eating, are fast food, but they are. Anything you buy off the shelf is fast food. Itdoesn’t matter whether it is organic or local. The time taken to grow it from seed, nurture it, and harvest it,versus the time it took you to take it off the shelf and pay for it at the counter, makes it most definitely, fastfood! So with that out of the way let us begin our discussion.It is only in the last hundred years or so that food has been readily available, even in industrialised nations; ithas been in limited supply during that time too – due to two world wars – but already we are reliant on it being constantly available. We wouldn’t know what to do if the food was not on the shelves of our localgrocer or supermarket. We are dependent on someone else providing our food, and as if by magic, there isalways a steady supply of seasonal and unseasonal vegetables, meat and fruit, appearing colourful and freshat a reasonable price.“That’s what I call progress,” I hear you cry. “Food for all! No more hunger.” And for the more well off thatseems to be true; nothing but the finest organic vegetables and beef for them, though I’m afraid it’s chips and processed meat pies for the less well off, as fresh food is always more expensive than processed factory food.Come on, you should know that. It’s only the better off who can afford to eat well. If you’re on a lowincome you’ll be surviving on fried potatoes and other cheap food high in fat to sustain you. Your health willsuffer, but hey, if only you were more intelligent and better qualified you could get a better job, and then youcould eat organic. Oh, and don’t even think of becoming a vegetarian on compassionate or health grounds;you just can’t afford it. You
be able to afford all the chocolate, crisps, and soft drinks though. They’re priced to sell at anyone’s budget.
Where does all this food come from?
Why do you need to know where your food comes from? All you need to know is that it’s here now, at priceyou can afford, so you should buy it, even if you don’t need it. You are a consumer, so consume, don’t ask silly questions that don’t concern you. I’m sure most of you don’t care anyway. As long as they have broccolion the shelf, the mushrooms you like, or the piece of steak you want, you’ll be happy.You have been lucky to grow up in a country that is able to supply surplus agriculture (a lot of which goesto waste), and there will always be enough food for you to eat. Remember, the economy relies on you beingwell fed. No food equals no work. They’ll make sure there’s plenty to eat. Oh, for anyone reading this in acountry where half your population is starving to death, this section doesn’t apply to you; please see sectionson government, oh and weapons, oh, and corruption, amongst others...**I was born in scotland, in 1969, and grew up in southern england. I have never been short of anything in mylife. The shelves in my local stores have always been full. My mother has never complained that the shelveswere empty again. We have never wanted for any types of food. Everything has always been available for aslong as I can remember. All vegetables, all meats, all dairy, all packaged, all dried goods, and all sweets.Perfect. We haven’t suffered a day’s shortage of our most favourite items. But let’s imagine we did. Let’s allimagine that one day the food stopped coming. One day the shelves became empty permanently. What wouldyou do? “Where did all the food go?”Suddenly the question “where does all this food come from?” doesn’t seem so stupid after all. Food, asthose people who have lived through war or experienced any kind of dictatorship know, is also a weapon.Withholding food to gain the subservience of the population is an effective method of control. Think about it.I am not telling you this to scare you. On the contrary, I am trying to empower you as individuals. Whoever controls the food controls the people. Remember that.**Large scale farming operations are not a new concept. Man first domesticated animals several thousand yearsago, and began to settle in one place and farm the land; agriculture was born. Over the centuries, the abilityto feed more than just a single family proved a much more efficient method than everyone trying to growtheir own food. It freed Man to become a specialist. It allowed cities to be built, new trades to start; it