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The Natural Mind - Waking Up - Fast Food

The Natural Mind - Waking Up - Fast Food

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Published by Alan Macmillan Orr
In this topic from The Natural Mind - Waking Up, the author asks us to question ourselves on fast food,
In this topic from The Natural Mind - Waking Up, the author asks us to question ourselves on fast food,

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Published by: Alan Macmillan Orr on Jul 04, 2011
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The Natural Mind – Waking Up
alan macmillan orr 
Fast Food
 Inexpensive food (hamburgers or chicken or milkshakes) prepared and served quickly
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
allowed people time to think, to invent, and create without the threat of starvation over them at all times.Although it has not been an easy road.There have been many years of failed crops and the resulting deaths from hunger, but we are now in anenvious position in the west (and many other developed countries) of having a real surplus of food. We nowgrow too much for our needs.Unfortunately, it has led us becoming complacent. Who now worries they won’t get enough to eattonight? Even the unemployed receive money from the government, which allows them to buy enough food,so I would like to talk about something which I believe to be vitally important and should be to you. I wouldlike to talk about growing your own vegetables.“What? Grow my own vegetables! I don’t have time for that, I’m much too busy, and I live in anapartment block.”Hopefully, we all agree that eating vegetables is pretty good for us. They contain essential nutrients brainand body need for healthy operation; the problem is, they are also quite expensive – even in supermarkets – compared to filling, carbohydrate based food, or anything which comes pre-processed and pre-packaged. Italways seems that the more nutritious something is for you, the more expensive it is.That’s because when things are pure, you can’t add any cheap filler to them, which is precisely what largefood manufacturers do. They use all sorts of weird and wonderful ingredients that (a) you’ve never heard of and (b) you don’t really want to have heard of! In the purest forms, unmodified, and untreated withchemicals, our fruit and vegetables are expensive to buy.So what reason is there for you to buy them when you can get sweeter, more filling food for half the price? It may not be obvious to you if you have grown up on a diet of fish fingers, frozen burgers, potatocroquettes, tinned veg, crisps, and cola drinks, but our system wasn’t designed for the stuff we throw downour throats! Does that surprise you?Whether god created us, or we evolved from the apes, our highly advanced digestive systems weren’texpecting the sort of artificial junk we call food now. Nature provides well, and has done for every other species for the past four billion years. Each species lives happily on their species specific diet of either meat,fish, insects, plants, or grass, and doesn’t waver from it.You wouldn’t see a cow thinking, “Hmm, maybe I’ll have some meat tonight, or maybe some niceinsects.” Why? Because the cow eats what is beneficial for the system. The human being on the other hand isa veritable jack of all trades when it comes to eating and drinking (all credit to our systems for coping withthe regular abuse from all the unnatural substances we consume).If evolution is to be believed, we came from the apes and ate a nut and fruit diet, which has evolved into a burger, chips, and cola diet over the past few million years. Progress? I don’t think so.Without going too far off the track, what do you think large scale food manufacturing businesses areinterested in? Are they interested in making sure no one goes hungry? No, that’ll be the government’s job.Are they interested in providing us with healthy food which has not been modified at the cellular level, or sprayed with harmful pesticides? No, of course not. Their job is to make money. Companies that producefood, whether it be tomatoes, or chocolate biscuits are in business, and they have to make a profit to survive.Why else would they be in business? They are no different to a company that wants to sell us a new tv, dvd player, or mobile phone!
Don’t tell me you’re too busy to care where your food comes from...
Food is the biggest consumer business of them all! Everyone’s a potential customer. You may already have amobile phone or not want to buy a new tv, but you have to eat every day or you’ll die. That may sound a bitextreme, but it’s not. At best you’d last about two weeks with no food, and then your body would start to eatitself in order to survive. First the fat reserves, then the muscle. Then when there’s nothing left to burn,ultimately, death. If that isn’t a captive market, I don’t know what is!The people starving in africa (and other regions where food is scarce), where crops fail regularly, and theeconomy is mismanaged by corrupt officials, will know this feeling all too well. But anyway, let’s not worryabout them. We’re all right. We’ve got plenty. All the big agribusinesses make sure there’s always enoughfood to go around (at a price).Food isn’t free of course. It’s part of the economy. The farms have large costs they need to recoup.Chemicals. Labour. Water. You know, the usual costs associated with running a business. Except this is not just any business, is it? This is our lives we’re talking about here. Shut down the farms, and the countrywithers away – very quickly.

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