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Harvest of Hope

“A nation that destroys its soils destroys itself.” ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

My relationship with food has been a long, complicated one.
There have been break-ups, make-ups. Frustration. Disappointment.
Food’s been a shoulder to cry on; a warm embrace in a sometimes cold world.
Hot and heavy sessions; sometimes we don’t speak at all.
I finally realized my relationship with food was not a healthy one.
It took too long to realize…I was in love with the wrong food.

My son was the catalyst for my revelation. I saw my relationship with food through his eyes and knew he deserved better.
The problem is, what to believe? There’s an overwhelming amount of information about food. What is good, what is bad. There are fad, cults, studies, TV programs, books, websites.
For example, sugar – a topic that would make seasoned diplomats shudder. Sugar is bad, we’ll make artificial sweeteners – the clue was in the name – which made bad worse. Sigh.
If we said we wanted to modify humans there would be a hue and cry, yet modifying the food we ingest which then modifies us is ok.
Due to cross-pollination and weather, allegedly organic food isn’t even safe as long as pesticides and GMOs are being used.

The real problem in our world isn’t GMOs, pesticides, chemicals, politicians, the real problem is us, ready to accept easy, fun, cool, convenient. So easily sold on things we really know nothing about. Assuming facts without evidence and even when we get it we too often ignore it because we don’t like the answers.1harvest14
The o1harvest20nly cure for stupid mistakes and poor choices is to try again. Will it rewind time? No. Undue consequences? No, but it will help us move forward.

Harvest for Hope: A Guide to Mindful Eating (Warner Books) by Jane Goodall, with Gary McAvoy and Gail Hudson, gives us clear, easy to understand insight about what has gone wrong with our food and beverages and ways to right it. Published 9 years ago, progress, if any, is apparently snail’s pace. I recommend all Jane Goodall books, she’s a breath of common sense, something that is severely lacking in the world today.

Yes, this is on my bathroom.
Yes, this is on my bathroom wall.

What’s your favourite smell of food cooking, something that transports you? For me, it’s the smell of spaghetti sauce cooking; I now love the smell more than the food itself.

Food isn’t just to sustain us, it’s woven into our cultures, part of our celebrations, losses, entertainment, business, romance, parenting, etc. Smells of cooking in our homes are part of our heritage, they’re ingrained in our memories, which in reality, is our heart. Next time you take your child for fast food, it won’t be a parent, grandparent, sibling, aunt, uncle, cousin, or friend providing them with sustenance, love, comfort, memories, and joy, but a corporation filling them full of who knows what, and you’re paying them to do it.

Fast food is part of our culture too, but is it a good part?

Do we really want generations of children more in love with Ronald McDonald, the Colonel, or Burger King than their relatives and friends?

In a world where our air, food, water, etc. are already poisoned, fast food may not be our biggest problem, but why accept any poison? Can’t we at least kick and scream a little, push the poison away and say, “NO!” with some conviction?


Is good food more expensive than bad food? Sadly, yes. We need to tell our government to stop subsidizing bad food and put more into good food.

And why not support local farmers with as much zeal as we support fast food franchises?

Yes, restaurants on every corner, phones in every hand, cars clogging every road, virtual worlds so tempting because of the mess we’ve made of this one…is that really the way we envisioned our present and our futures?
We were once told DDT was harmless.
Artificial sweeteners will help us loss weight.
Cigarettes were glamorous, fun, and even healthy.
1harvest16Asbestos makes awesome insulation.
Lead in gas, paint, children’s toys, etc.
BPAs and CFCs were just fine.
Mercury, food colouring, DEP, DiBP, DBT, Halons, HCFCs, PBB, Cadmium, Uranium, DHMO, BHA, PCBs, Azodicarbonamide, Olestra, benzene, BVO, Arsenic, E290, denatured protein – we’ve all eaten, drank, played with, given, received, breathed, driven, wore and more these and told they were super!
Cancer isn’t super.
Alzheimer’s isn’t super.
Autism isn’t super.
Poisoned water, air and land isn’t super.
It’s just stupid.



Very me

28 thoughts on “Harvest of Hope

  1. I love the smell of grilled cheese cooking. 🙂 Now this post has made me hungry, lol! I like your posts–they help one to stop and think about these topics.

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      1. I remember episodes of the Nature of Things back in the early 70s when David Suzuki warned about all things we are seeing today … pollution, global warming, decay of the ozone, decline of all animal species, and more.
        We are the proverbial boiled frogs.

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  2. It’s all very scary. So many people just refuse to wake up to it though. Here in Washington State, the majority of people bought the lie that it would make food too expensive if we demanded GMOs be labeled. And I regularly experience here in my home how processed food ruins people’s taste for real food. I make some great meals and they barely get touched but any fast food meal that gets brought home (never by me!) gets devoured. I really worry about the future of our kids.


  3. Reblogged this on Smorgasbord – Variety is the spice of life and commented:
    I agree wholeheartedly with this post. We do have a relationship with food and when cultural and healthy it is a win win situation. However, I have heard far too often clients that I work with using terms that are far too emotive… I love chocolate, I love salt, I love cheese – I hate vegetables, I hate fruit…Even if they recognise that this love affair has damaged their health.
    If children are introduced to unprocessed foods from the moment they move onto pureed meals and only have sugary and processed foods occasionally they rarely suffer from obesity or become picky eaters when they are older. Yes manufacturers know what we ‘love’ but ultimately it is we who hand over the cash to buy it. If suddenly tomorrow all the fast food joints were empty and chocolate coated cereal remained on the shelves of all the supermarkets how long do you think it would take for the money men to reconsider. We the consumer need to take back that control by spending our money elsewhere.


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