Our acceptance of the food industry – supply by any means

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Our acceptance of the food industry – supply by any means

Livestock fed masses of growth hormones and antibiotics[1], plants genetically modified so that they can be sprayed with powerful herbicidal antibiotics[2], tinned grapefruits prepared by soaking them in hydrochloric acid[3], chickens bred to grow their bodies faster than their legs can support[4], farmed fish living in pens riddled with sea lice[5] developing leukaemia[6] and fed a diet of fat, pink dye[7] and chicken feathers[8].

Pink slime formed into ‘meat patties’[9], potatoes housed in warehouses for 6 weeks to extract the poisonous gasses that they are sprayed with while growing before going onto food manufacture[10], arsenic and chlorine being classed as ‘food safe’ in poultry production[11].

Food is now a commodity which is concocted for 'cravability'[10] and addiction. Processed foods are perfectly designed to ensnare our senses with salt, sugar and fats. These are just some of the ways in which the food industry operates, but is this ‘any means necessary’ to make a profit truly the root of the evil or is it, in fact, us the consumer that plays a part in allowing these practices to carry on? That neither one is to take the full blame but that we are both party to allowing the world to be as it is today.

If there wasn’t a demand there would not be the supply: all the finger wagging that occurs at the food industry is precious time wasted that we can spend on reflecting on the bigger question – why does the demand exist in the first place?

There is a lot of talk about how changing big industries such as food can be done by speaking from our wallets and simply not buying these products, but what gets us to that point where we can make the move to say No to what is being supplied in the first place?

Do we ever stop to question why we want food? Our body requires fuel, yes – it requires nutrients and different nutritional compounds in order to function and thrive. However, in a world where we completely revolve our life around mealtimes and having a constant availability of snacks, it can’t just be because we are hungry.

We emotionally eat to drown out our sensitivity to and awareness of life. There is so much more to us than our human body and we are abusing food to bludgeon or distract ourselves from the awareness of the part of us that is so much bigger than human life.

Is it possible by addressing the avoidance of our awareness that we can cut short that voice that calls out for a product that doesn’t care how it is supplied as long as it is supplied? By stopping for a moment and questioning, “Why do I keep thinking about cake/chocolate/nut butter?” etc., and what is it that I am avoiding being aware of that the food is distracting me from? Could it be that it’s not actually food we are after but the energetic quality that comes with that food? We fill ourselves up with the energetic quality that the food comes with.

As beings we are so much grander than our human part and when expressed this being brings a richness to life that is ever expanding and breaking down the constructs and beliefs that have us living as small, ‘only humans’. The focus on food being our one and only source of fuel ignores that our being does not only need food. Expression is a source of energy that can bring vitality to the body the ‘being’ lives within to the point where it needs less food in order to carry out its daily activities. When the being is given a voice and allowed to express, that vitality extends and allows the body to perform on less physical substance and more from our otherworldly origins.

When we stop ignoring the part of us that is beyond this world and start connecting to our essence as we did when we were young, all the methods which we use to play small start to fall away as the grandness is appreciated and valued more than maintaining the game of playing small. This is how the food industries and many more that profit from unawareness will eventually change, and how the demand will be diminished.


References

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    Kumar, V. and Bhatia, S. (2008). Complete Biology for Medical College Entrance Examination. 1st ed. New Delhi, pp.1154 - 1159.

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    Quilton, K., (2012) Food Unwrapped, Switzerland, Available from: http://www.channel4.com/programmes/food-unwrapped/on-demand/54294-001 [Accessed on: 03.03.2018]

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    Sanburn, J., (2012) McDonald’s drops ‘Pink Slime’ from hamburger meat. England. Available from: http://business.time.com/2012/02/01/mcdonalds-drops-pink-slime-from-hamburger-meat/ [Accessed on: 03.03.2018]

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