Do you remember when we used to have to think about what to cook for dinner every night and give ourselves about an hour to get everything prepared and cooked but now we can just grab a box from the fridge, chuck it in the microwave and taddah!! It’s ready just like that. We don’t even have to worry about doing the washing up these days as there’s a machine that will do it for us. We really are lucky aren’t we!
Do you also remember the taste of the first strawberries or tomatoes of the season? They were so unbelievably sweet and full of flavour; I bet your mouth is watering just thinking about them isn’t it? Of course now, if we want them, we don’t have to wait until June every year, we can have strawberries and tomatoes pretty much any time but they don’t taste quite the same do they?……….
Of course, in order to get fresh strawberries and tomatoes all year round they either have to be packed up in a country where it is actually warm enough to grow them naturally and then kept cold until they arrive on the shelves of our local supermarket or the plants have to be tricked into think that it’s actually summer here.
Unfortunately no-one has yet figured out how to persuade Mother Nature that it’s summer when it isn’t so producers use special artificial lighting instead. It’s not a natural process so you can’t expect the taste to be the same as it would be had the fruit been grown naturally but it does mean you can have strawberries in January if you want them
Come to think of it, we are actually mucking about with quite a lot of the food that arrives on our plates and we are getting used to it too. Think about the last time you went on holiday to another country and you ate the local food, fresh food, how flavourful was it? Did your taste buds seem to wake up and have a little party? You can have that wonderful experience at home but most of us choose not to because life is easier that way and scientists are seeing to it that our lives will become easier and easier..
The World Health Organisation defines genetically modified foods as “organisms (i.e. plants, animals or microorganisms) in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in a way that does not occur naturally by mating and/or natural recombination”.
This means that we don’t really trust Mother Nature to do the best for us, we think that we know better, or at least we think we can do it cheaper! Scientists say that GM foods are perfectly safe and maybe they are; the companies that use additives in processed foods and the manufacturers of fast food probably all say exactly the same but, here’s a thing, obesity is now a massive problem in the USA and parts of Europe and incidences of cancer are steadily on the rise.
In the 21st century we have more convenience and more comfort than we have ever had before throughout the whole of history but it’s making us lazy in ways that are beginning to damage our health. Rather than walk, we drive so we exercise less and get less fresh air.
Rather than prepare and cook, we eat microwaved dinners and fast foods. Rather than spend more of our money on food and less on gadgets of one kind or another, we buy cheap packet food instead of fresh. Unfortunately this is becoming a way of life and the numbers of us who can remember the days of fresh wholesome food straight from the farm, the butcher or the greengrocer are getting less and less. Maybe one day all we’ll need to eat is a little blue pill and we’ll accept without question that it will give us all the goodness and nutrients that our bodies need.
Which would you prefer? Eating fresh natural food is a conscious decision and we all have freedom of choice but think back: if you ever went strawberry picking as a child and ate more than you boxed, you’ll know what I mean…