I recently received a link to an article that was published in a UK newspaper under the obituaries section.
Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years.
No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape.
He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as:
--Knowing when to come in out of the rain;
--Why the early bird gets the worm;
--Life isn't always fair;
--Maybe it was my fault......
It goes on further but I will not copy it all in here. I am using it to make a very important point. We don't seem to be able to make educated decisions for ourselves anymore. The saddest part of all, is that those of you reading this are probably already turned on to the truth and its me preaching to the converted. Apologies if this is indeed the case, maybe share the article if you feel it might help someone else.
Wherever I read "health related" articles I come upon sentences such as... " If you can't pronounce the ingredient, don't eat it. " or "know to be carcinogenic" or " Organic is mostly free of carcinogens" or "processed foods are filled with chemicals" .... the list is endless. What I don't understand is which part are the general population NOT understanding. Why are so many people still supporting all these quick and easy fast food companies that are poisoning us and the environment ? Are they just too lazy to look into the actual source of their food ? Is it ignorance ? I find that hard to believe when technology is so advanced and information is merely a button away . I am inclined to think it's mostly laziness. Too lazy on the part of the mothers to ensure their children are eating foods from a good healthy source, filled with nutrition and not just meaningless calories. It is time consuming to make sure your meals are healthy, but with a little practice, it can be managed. Most supermarkets will try to supply what the consumer is demanding. If we shop like sheep, well then, we will perpetuate the problem. Start demanding what our Grandmothers received, good, fresh, traceable food products. In their natural form ! Unprocessed and free of poisons ! I remember a vegetable truck coming around the neighborhood every thursday. He supplied us all with great fresh produce from the Cape Flats area. We got freshly harvested, seasonal veggies every week ! What's changed, what stopped this wonderful service ? Probably we ourselves stopped it. Maybe its because we couldn't always get ALL the things we wanted like eggs, toilet paper etc. So we reverted to supporting the big chain stores. All I know is, wouldn't it be great to know that every Tuesday or so, at a specific time, your Veggie truck was coming by ? Imagine the environmental footprint of one vehicle driving around the district with fresh, locally grown produce, as opposed to all 300 plus, of us driving backwards and forwards to supermarkets and buying "dead" produce from Israel.
Common sense(yes, i am claiming to still have some) tells me that I should grow what I can, purchase what I can't from organic suppliers and go without what I cannot find locally. (there is a very good reason for "seasonal" foods, we don't need as much Vit. C during summer, as an example)
So, are we indeed digging our way into the grave with our knives and forks ? I am certainly trying my hardest not to. Are you ?
Ahimsa, no harming to ourselves and others.