Thursday, July 1, 2010

Ideally, We Would

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by Morley Evans

Everyone today agrees that we should eat seven to thirteen servings of fruits and vegetables every day.

Ideally, we would get all of our nutrition from natural sources. True. Living here in Canada we do not get any Vitamin D from the sun for six or seven months every year. Most of us live indoors most of the time so we get zero Vitamin D from the sun. We don't grow anything edible for ten months of every year. And no one could live exclusively on what we grow in Saskatchewan anyway. "Man does not live by bread alone." We mostly grow grain here. We import food that is not picked fresh so it can be transported thousands of miles to us from where it is grown. Food is preserved by canning, adding sugar, and freezing which all diminish nutrition. Crops are protected from insects and fungi with chemicals. They are fertilized with chemicals. Industrial farming is a horror we don't want to know about when we barbecue our steaks, cook a chicken breast or drink a glass of milk. Many eat at McDonald's. So where are we going to get our "healthy balanced diet" I wonder? We could move to Mexico or Central America and grow our own food on our own plantation, I suppose. That would be nice. Why don't we do that?

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