For over 200,000 years, modern humans (homo sapiens sapiens) have been feeding themselves with nature’s bounty.
Around 10,000 years ago, we got sick of gathering our veggies and invented agriculture (aka farming).
And ever since then, farmers have been obsessed with finding ways to improve their crop production.
Using different crop production techniques:
- Pest control
- Crop rotation
- Nutrient management – manure, fertilizers
- Water management – irrigation
Modern farmers are able to produce food in quantities that our great, great, great great grand-farmers would find unbelievable.
And it isn’t just the farmers.
In the approximately 10,000 years that we have been raising domesticated animals for food, we have also made significant advances in our production methods. In countries that have adopted these modern food production practices, a shortage of food is no longer a problem.
In fact, it is our relative surplus of food (calories) that has given rise to a whole host of new and improved metabolic problems.
- Heart Disease
- The Biggest Loser
So, where did we go wrong?
In my humble opinion, it is our focus on the quantity rather than the quality of food that is the cause of our current problems.
- Our focus on calories instead of nutrients.
- Our never ending desire for giant steroid & GMO corn-fed steaks.
- Our demand for oversized and perfect looking produce.
Back in the day, your great-great-great-great grandparents ate nothing but organic food.
- They ate foods that were in season in their area of the country.
- They ate grass-fed steaks and chickens that weren’t fed other chickens in their GMO chicken feed.
- They drank more water and less juice, pop and frappucinos.
And they looked good doing it.
Actually, they looked a little serious, but they still looked better than their 21st century cousins. Perhaps it’s time that organic (aka real) food became the norm and food loaded with chemicals became the aberration.