Food as we know it ( and by definition ) is something we consume to fill the nutritional requirements that our body has.
But, food has evolved from just being food to being something which we no longer eat to just quell our hunger- it has become a source of happiness, pleasure and something that we socialize over. You will agree with me when I say that we no longer just stuff it in our mouths! We no longer eat what we were supposed to eat. Humans, as animals in the food pyramid, eat what they want not what they ought to.
Homo Sapiens, as we know , are omnivorous. But there’s no longer a need for the species to hunt down an animal and eat it. In fact, we have not even evolved enough to eat meat as our staple diet but we still tend to do it because we are slaves to our tongues.
We no longer judge the food based on its nutritional value but we judge it based on the taste and the pleasure it gives while eating it. We don’t care about what happens afterwards i.e, how it affects our body.
That is exactly what I am going to tell you now.
Irresponsible eating – as I call it – or eating just for the sake of it is now the world’s largest cause of human deaths. Diet related deaths kill more people in a month than smoking,drinking and road accidents combined in a year! Diet habits have been changing so rapidly and have been becoming so unhealthy from generation to generation that we now have the highest meat eating population by ratio in entire human history.We also have the highest obesity ratio – the figures are getting worse year by year.
Just take a look at this video where John Oliver explains about the sugar consumption in US.
Sugar by John Oliver :
And we have so many misconceptions about food. The majority of what we consume today is branded and labeled as refined. This is where the problems really start. Our rice is so polished that all the bran which contains fiber is removed and only the stuff rich in carbs remains. The same is the case for almost all the eatables – the more refined it is the less healthy it is.
Hungry for Change trailer :
People have become so habituated to the fast food restaurants and food chains like McDonald’s, KFC etc., that it has become hard to find somebody who hasn’t been to one before. Although the food that gets served there technically can be called food; it doesn’t meet any standards that certify it as safe for consumption. In fact, you’ll understand more once you watch this video.
To produce 1kg of potatoes around 500 litres of water is spent.
To produce 1kg of wheat around 600 litres of water is spent.
To produce 1kg of rice around 2000 litres of water is spent.
To produce 1kg of beef around 100,000 litres of water is spent.
So, eating vegan diet is safer for both – you, as a human, and the environment.
With your food choices you can :
Help avert climate change (since meat production is one of the largest polluters).
Align with your values of compassion.
And, here are some of the facts :
1) 1 billion people can be saved from starvation if Americans ate just 10% less meat.
2) There are now 20 billion livestock on earth- about triple the number of humans.
3) Total number of land animals killed for food each year is 70 billion, that is, the food choices you make is directly responsible for death of 10 animals for every single person living on earth
4) It takes 12-16 kilos of grain to produce 1 kilo of meat or milk.
5) A non-vegetarian needs 16 acres of land for sustenance whereas a vegan needs just 0.5 acres.
6) 260 million acres of virgin forests are cleared for cropland to support meat centric diet
Jamie Oliver TED speech – Teach Every Child About Food :
So, dear readers, I leave it to you to ponder upon your food choices. Health is Wealth. Remember:
We are what we eat, what we eat is what gets reflected in our nature.