What is this post about?
If you want to know what MND is all about…this is it. This is fundamentally important.
We, all of us, used to be fed, nourished, by the mother figure in our household. Now we are all-too-often fed by Food Companies.
Our mothers care deeply for our good health. Food companies care about making a profit.
Food companies are not ‘educated’ in healthcare, nor motivated by the health and longevity of their customers.
This change in the structure of our society is at the root of much of what has gone wrong, in my opinion, this is a fundamental cause of the obesity epidemic and rising rates of poor health.
This topic has come up a few times over the last week or two, so I thought I should address it today.
The shift to microwave meals
I was writing about this the other day, there has been a massive cultural shift over the last 40 or 50 years, since the liberated times of the ’60s really, and the boom in consumer electronics in the ‘70s, we’ve seen the rise of convenience foods, the rise of sexual equality, the advent of the microwave and now the rise of the Internet…these trends have shifted women from the home to the work place (no sexism here, I’m not saying it’s right or wrong, just that it has happened) and we have left “feeding our families” to food companies.
We’ve seen a massive decline in home baking, in the art of real cooking, growing our own food, baking bread, preparing sauces, meats, roasts, pies and pastries…and we have seen a MASSIVE rise in pre-prepared meals, packaged foods, convenience foods. As we watch more celebrity chefs on TV, we seem less capable as a nation of preparing our own fresh, basic, healthy meals. We had the advent of microwave ovens, programmable cookers, it’s all led to less “motherly involvement” in cooking, and more “relying on food companies” to feed our families, our children.
The rise of the Internet, coincides with going from the 3 TV channels I grew up with, to the 600 available now, and the rise of “dial for a take away” and pizza delivered by moped. Now people are too busy online to cook. Every day people tell me they don’t have time to cook – they tell me this on Facebook, where they seem to spend several HOURS per day. They say they can’t afford organic food – but they CAN afford broadband and a smartphone. Read more