Deskilling
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Deskilling: A Food Producer’s Strategy Guide to Creating a Dependent Client Base

I never considered that this was actually a strategy.  Really, it just seemed like an almost inevitable trajectory of mankind as we became more and more clever with our witty inventions to make our lives “easier”.  Yes, it is a thing, and it has a name – Deskilling.  From the book Concentration and Power in the Food System: Who Controls What We Eat? by Philip H. Howard, Bloomsbury 2016: 

Deskilling is a term that is frequently used in reference to labor, when capitalists reshape jobs in order to decrease wages (Braverman 1998).  It can also apply when capitalists reshape socio-cultural practices to increase purchases, moving us away from self-provisioning to become mere “consumers” (Jaffe and Gertler 2006).  Deskilling increases control for capitalists but makes us more dependent upon them by eroding our knowledge and abilities.  (emphasis added)

 

Deskilling: The Formula

Like Janet said, its all about control.  Let’s take an example from the earliest point in life this side of Womb-topia: infant formula.  According to an article on the National Center for Biotechnology Information’s website, the first infant formula was invented in the late Deskilling19th century.  Before that, babies were fed animal milk only in very rare circumstances.  If their mothers couldn’t (or wouldn’t) nurse them, they were fed human milk by a hired wet nurse.  These alternatives were options only of necessity.

Before long, with the industrial revolution and ensuing shifts in the world’s paradigms sending more and more women out of the home and into the workforce, the use of infant formula – the first one was a blend of cow’s milk, wheat and malt flour and potassium bicarbonate – became more widespread.  Certainly, corporations producing it, perhaps in tandem with dairy farmers, saw dollar signs dancing before their eyes, and eventuallyDeskilling, in a grand deskilling coup, breastfeeding became outmoded, even taboo.

Now that we in America are deskilled in the art of breastfeeding to the point that our mothers and grandmothers are hardly equipped to guide us, Nestle an’ dem have control of our infant’s nourishment from day one. Hospital nurses are often ready to stick a bottle in your newborn’s mouth by default.

You get free product to start from those that want your continued custom (a.k.a. the first hit is free tactic).  Then, if you can’t afford to buy more, you can go on the government rolls and apply for benefits to cover it.  You have no control over what ingredients go in it.  Had you considered delaying your baby’s first taste of sugar so he can develop a real palate for food?  Sorry, mama, Gerber already got’em!  Once the baby is on it and you let your milk supply end, that’s it.  You’re locked in for at least the next 2 years.

Moments in Deskilling History

Here’s a list of a few more products that we purchase regularly as a result of systematic deskilling:

  • Box Cake Mix – Can you say “Flour, Sugar, Eggs and Butter?” I had to in Home Economics class, which I think has now gone the way of the dinosaur!
  • Jam/Jelly – Preserving fruit was originally for enjoying summer’s jam-1308014_1920.jpgharvest throughout the following winter.  Who does that anymore?
  • Bagged/Microwave Popcorn – Kernels in a pot cost much less and you can control your flavoring to suit you.  Only God and food scientists know what’s really in those pouches…
  • Bagged and Clamshell Salads and Baby Spinach – E-coli, anyone? Not if you buy heads and bunches and CUT IT UP YOURSELF!  Man, deskilling kills…
  • Supermarkets – Because why waste time and get all dirty growing and harvesting food yourself? Why only eat what is local and in season?

Convenience is the sales pitch, but our dependence on food producers is their lifeblood.  It is powerful in a dangerous way.  Indeed, absolute power corrupts absolutely.

Because now, what they provide has become your norm, and you’re hooked.  

If you were to make your own fruit preserves, for example, would it taste like theirs?  Never!  Big food employs teams of scientists to spend all day figuring out the exact amount of sugar to put into the jam to get you hooked and keep you coming back for more.  In their language, they engineer it to your pleasure point.  Now does that truly sound like someone making food?

The Future of Deskilling

So what happens when a country or society is totally deskilled?  I mean, where do the companies that have saturated a market now turn to?  Indeed, there are places all over our world that are still “backwards” or “underdeveloped” by our standards.  Never fear! Corporations are here!  According to Concentration and Power, companies actively look for new societies to “deskill” so that they can create new dependent client bases for their products.  They insidiously create need where there was none before.

Imagine being told your way of life is ignorant and old.  Imagine the heartbreak when the young people in your society agree with this critique, eschewing inherited cultural wisdom for new-fangled shortcuts that take control out of your peoples’ hands and puts it into the hands of interlopers.  Soon, the deskilling process is complete and your whole way of life has changed.

No more home gardening, market trading with neighbors, seed saving, peak season eating, home cooking, time honored traditions of storing and preserving.  Kids don’t got no time for that!

Surely this cannot end well! 

You foresee an epoch where your once proud people now cry hungry even with whole, real food within their grasp because they don’t now how to prepare it, all because of deskilling.  Can you imagine a future in which a young person doesn’t even know how to boil a pot of water?  We have plug in kettles, instant oatmeal, microwave bags of foods that eliminate that necessity already.  Deskilling mission: accomplished!

Sure, there is some deskilling I will NEVER argue with – dishwashers, washing machines, and disposable diapers are GREAT inventions!  But then again, if for some reason these were not available – like when we reach peak oil – I do still know how to wash dishes, clothes and cloth diapers by hand.

Rise Up: Down With Deskilling, Rise Up Reskilling

Yes, there is hope.  Let’s start RE-skilling, friends!  Let’s exchange ideas and information and commit to teaching our children how to, well, do stuff!  It will take some effort.  We will need to reshape our way of thinking.  Old needs to become new again as we in-mode DIY everything (except washing dishes and clothes, I concede to the machines for those chores unless absolutely necessary).

Indeed, it seems to be the direction things are starting to move in these days, with the urban garden movement and the search for solutions to ending the global Diabesity Pandemic.

We can keep this conversation going.  Join the Really Nourish Reskilling Collective Chat on WhatsApp by clicking below.

It’s another great way of taking back our Food Sovereignty!

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A Biblical Case for Veganism Part 2

My post on this topic from January 16, 2016 has been my most viewed blog post – indeed, my highest traffic web page since the start of Really Nourish.  It has been so much so that I expound on the topic in my forthcoming book, Securing Our Birthright, and felt compelled to take a couple of aspects of this topic and give them a deeper treatment in these next couple of posts A Biblical Case for Veganism Part 2, and later this week, Part 3 (see link below).

A Biblical Case for Veganism Part 2: Why Should You Abstain from Animal-Based Foods?

This excerpt from Chapter 6 of the book takes on a scripture that some have been known to use to dispute the idea of abstaining from consuming animal flesh:

Everything God created is good, reject no flesh

(1 Timothy 4:4)

Here is another context discussion where the question one needs to ask is this:

What subject matter was the Apostle Paul addressing in this body of scripture?  

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The context from verse 1 is regarding a prophecy about what will happen in end times.  Some will depart from the faith, because they’ll start listening to the “doctrines of demons” that will tell them that they should reject the food that God set apart for us to receive with thanksgiving.  The context here is the REASONING for your abstention from food that was ordained by God.  

In other words, if you abstain from eating even “clean” animals because you want to play your part in reducing the harmful impacts of animal agriculture on the environment in 2017, this is not the same as if you joined some cult whose doctrine required that you stop eating what the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob ordained in Genesis 1, Leviticus 11 and Deuteronomy 14.  This is why veganism cannot be characterized as an act of obedience to God in and of itself, but indeed it can be characterized as an act of self-sacrificial, dutiful stewardship of the Temple and this planet.  Here, then, is a biblical case for veganism you can make to this end.

Animal Flesh IS Good, BUT…

There is another point to this end: what God created IS good.  Animal flesh the way God created it is fine to eat.  But there are limits to how much of it we should eat it that we have far exceeded in modern food culture.  We now know that what is considered a normal level of consumption is, compared to old and even new testament times, excessive.  God speaks about gluttony directly related to eating animal flesh in Proverbs 23:20-21. We are paying the price in the form of a health pandemic that just some restraint could bring to an end. 

Also, the animal flesh that we have today is defiled, just as Ezekiel prophesied at the end of Chapter 4 in his eponymous book. 

Livestock – that includes cows for beef and dairy, pigs for pork and chickens for meat and eggs – is kept in concentrated animal feeding operations where they reside shoulder to shoulder with other animals that may be sick and deceased animals are not removed right away.  They are fed unnatural, genetically modified feed that is laced with unregulated amounts of antibiotics and dosed with synthetic hormones.  Even the diary cows, although they are not slaughtered for meat, are forcibly inseminated relentlessly (the actual term for the machine used is a “rape rack”) so they are constantly making calves and, consequently, milk.  Their babies are taken from them and tethered so they don’t move a lot to keep their muscles weak – the appeal of veal is tender flesh. 

The fish is either coming out of aquatic farms where they too are packed way too close together and also fed GMO, antibiotic laced feed and residing in close contact with sick or dead fish or they are pulled out of polluted waters in drag nets that catch and kill more unintended catch than targeted fish.  The animals are horribly mistreated.   

The righteous care for the needs of their animals, but the kindest acts of the wicked are cruel.

Proverbs 12:10

In 1 Corinthians 10:31, scripture says whether we eat or drink, whatever we do, do it all for the glory of God.  Does participating as a consumer in this system glorify God?  

A Biblical Case for Veganism

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A Biblical Case for Veganism Part 3: Troubled Waters

Book Review: Hungry for Change - Farmers, Food Justice and The Agrarian Question
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Book Review: Hungry For Change – Farmers, Food Justice and the Agrarian Question

Book Review: Hungry For Change – Farmers, Food Justice and the Agrarian Question by A. Haroon Akram-Lodhi,

At the moment, I’m completely convinced that God even orders my reading list for me!  As a Christian Food Activist, that shouldn’t be surprising, but His wonders never cease and they never get old or boring.  I found this at Nalis Sangre Grande, which is the National Library and Information Service – aka the Trinidadian Public Library, Sangre Grande Branch.

Book Review: Hungry for Change - Farmers, Food Justice and The Agrarian Question
This is a MUST READ

Even if you don’t yet consider yourself a change maker or a Christian Food Activist, this book will resonate with you one way or another, because, bottom line: you eat food.  It will explain some things that you may have thought strange, even some things you may have come to accept as normal but still know in your heart just aren’t right.

Akram-Lodhi presents the complex global food system in a very palatable way (pun intended).  He breaks it down to components that involve pretty much every stratum of the world’s society by personalizing each.  He presents profiles of real human beings, largely enduring circumstances that they, like you, have come to accept as normal, but have no way of explaining in any way that makes what their going through appear to be just.

People with names and struggles and families to feed.  His descriptions are skillful.  I could picture each and every one in my mind, and my heart wept for them all.  Indeed, my heart weeps for all of us.  We are all in this system one way or another, and the system is indeed badly broken.

If You Eat, Buy This Book!

You can get Hungry for Change on Amazon.com for around US$27.00.  This is definitely a volume for your library.  You will reference it from time to time while the system endures.  Perhaps in 5-10 years, it will be fascinating to look back on how things were after we bring the change!

Reading this book inspired me to create this video.  The video is not a synopsis of the book, but it will awaken and inform you.  Check it out!

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 8: Bless Others
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8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 8: Bless Others

Making it to 8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 8: Bless Others is a milestone!  Obviously you are on a kingdom agenda.  Many would not go this route to improving themselves, but you did.  Why did you choose this road?  Because it wasn’t just about how you look.  It was about your mandate as a Christian.  It is much harder and a lot less convincing to go and tell the nations about the free gift of salvation if you are visibly and internally unhealthy.

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 8: Bless Others – The Best News Ever! 

After the first 4-6 weeks of applying your fresh, new biblical perspective to your life, you will have results to strengthen

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 8: Bless Others
The Best News EVER!

your testimony.  Now you can share the great news with others.  You can testify to people in your ministry, but also, you can connect your good news with the gospel of salvation outside the church.

Many people are waking up every day and grateful to be in the land of the living, but as we talked about on Day 4, their lives may not be how God intended.  More than 75% of Americans take at least one prescription medication every single day.  Hospitals everywhere in the world are over-populated and under-staffed.  Can you imagine that even Christians are walking around with diseases that they have been told are incurable?  Isn’t that what the doctors told the woman with the issue of blood?

Luke 8:43 (KJV) And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any,

She would not take no for an answer.  She pressed through throngs of people, unhindered by the sickness she had endured for 12 years that made her stink.  Her goal was to only touch the hem of His garment.

Luke 8:48 (KJV) And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.

She was healed by her faith.  This woman chased Jesus down because she trusted Him.  The doctors she spent all her money on failed, but God prevailed.  The best news ever is that Jesus died so we could have life and have it more abundantly.  The promise is not just life, existence, seeing another day.  The promise is an abundant life.

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 8: Bless Others – Own Your Testimony

What makes your testimony so important is that you got your answers to your physical and medical problems from scripture.  Your message is vital now, for not only does it show people how to overcome, it also shows them that God has the answers they need.  In fact, much like that woman from Luke 8, many have been dealing for years, even decades, with weight problems, heart, liver or kidney problems, diabetes, depression and other mental illnesses, and autoimmune diseases.  The answers revealed in this devotional address all of these issues.

One thing you can do at this stage is get a check up and blood work, then do it again 6 weeks from now to see what has changed.  Not only will you wow your doctor, but you will also have some science-based evidence to strengthen your testimony.

You are on the hard road now, but owning your testimony will help you continue on your new path.  The more you tell your story, the more you will stay on the road you have embarked upon, because now that you are telling others, they will look to you as an example.  Just as you sought a support system on Day 5, you will be a source of support and encouragement for others now.

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 8: Bless Others – Give

Here are some more great things YOU can do to bless others:

  • Be someone’s war counsel.  God is so sweet, He has a perfectly harmonious way of connecting people.  You will start coming into contact with more people who want to do what you are doing.  Be ready to offer support and advice.  Share scriptures and recipes, or bible case studies and shopping advice.  Take someone to lunch at a restaurant with a Really Nourish-friendly menu or invite them over.
  • Offer help in your church.  Car pool members of your church to health food stores and supermarkets they could not normally get to easily.  Run a healthy food drive, or offer to help out with some new, healthier recipes in the soup kitchen.
  • Give.  Give away clean, healthy food of the quality you yourself now adhere to.  Here’s a short article about that.
    8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 8: Bless Others
    My dad and I, one month after our transplant at a Living Donor Meet and Greet event.

    Give money to and/or volunteer time with a food activist organization.

  • Donate. Consider becoming an organ donor.  Now that you have a clean, healthy body, help someone who needs a kidney or liver by being a living donor.  Here’s an article about my experience donating.  Also, check that box on your driver’s license.
  • Get your children involved.  Teach them these principles now, so they never have to go through what you may have gone through in their lives.

In Matthew 25, Jesus told a parable involving a king.  The king says that people saw him in so much need  and  they fed him, took him in, clothed him and took care of him.  The righteous people were puzzled by this.  They asked him something like “when did all this happen?” His reply in verse 40 is “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ (NIV).

Be generous with your good fruit.  Bless as many other people as you can with it.

8 Day Really Nourish Yourself Devo Day 8: Bless Others – Scriptures 

In the book of Matthew 25:31-40, 28:16-20

Luke 8:43-48

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An Edible Caste System: Change is Upon Us (Part 1)

When my son was just born and my daughter was around 4 years old, I had WIC.  I am a second generation New York City WIC recipient.  In the interview, I happily declined the offer of baby formula, because I was breastfeeding successfully.  What I did get was the opportunity to exchange checks for a variety of groceries.  What I didn’t get was a choice in exactly what groceries those were.

I learned a lot about benefit programs during that time.  It was abundantly clear that there are other entities, powerful and wealthy ones, that also benefit from my benefit.  To name a few, Post, General Mills and Kellogg’s, because I was allowed to get their cereals and theirs alone, as well as the Dairy Farmers of America, who no doubt were able to sell millions of gallons of milk and pounds of cheese through WIC.  The problem? While I was able to get copious amounts of these items, I was only given $6 a week towards fresh or frozen fruits and vegetables.  That was my only opportunity to buy anything that wasn’t a product or byproduct of GMO corn and soy, and the only time I could buy anything organic.  A pound of organic strawberries was $5.99.

Then there was the time that I figured out that I could get organic peanut butter.  See, they hadn’t gotten around to striking deals with guys like Jif yet, I guess, so they only specified what size of peanut butter you could get.  Because there were no other restrictions, I strode happily into PathMark with my WIC checks in my purse and grabbed the organic peanut butter in the correct size off the shelf.  The cashier looked puzzled, asked a manager, and in the end I got it because there was no notation on the check forbidding it.  Clearly, big brother was watching, because the next set of checks I got had (no organic) printed next to peanut butter on every one.  Wow.  So because I was poor, I had to eat the poisons and feed them to my child as well.  Is it possible that the chemical companies also have a stake in the WIC program?

Thankfully there are no such restrictions on what is now known as SNAP.  You can buy anything edible with that benefit, but for me, it wasn’t about backing cupboards with calories, it was about getting the best possible quality of food I could afford.  The problem was not about the benefit in this case, it was about access.  Until my son was 2, the only supermarket in walking distance from my home was Western Beef.  Here are there stats:

Organic Produce: 0

Organic Baby Cereal: 0

Organic Anything: 0

So at first I would take a 40 minute bus ride to a nicer neighborhood (read less people of color, more white people, no housing projects or even apartment buildings, most fellow shoppers drove there in their own vehicle)  to shop at ShopRite.  I would spend $5.00 round trip getting there, then another $5.00 organizing to have the groceries delivered to my home later that day.  Still, the organic produce selection at the time was minimal, but I was able to get the organic baby cereal and a lot of other organic foods in the aisles.  No organic or grass-fed meats were available there (I wasn’t vegan yet).

Soon, KeyFood opened, but to my chagrin, I discovered that their organic selection was only slightly better than at “The Beef”.  Then I figured out that I could get to WholeFoods in TriBeCa without spending money on transportation.  I mapped it once, it’s a 14 mile trip.  It involved a 10 minute walk from my home to the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, hopefully arriving in time to walk right on a ferry that is boarding, then on  arrival in Manhattan, boarding a free Downtown Manhattan loop bus that would drop me right outside the supermarket.  It could take anywhere from 1- 1 1/2 hours one way, depending on the ferry schedule, bus stop waiting and traffic.   (“Wrote a poem about it, like to hear it?  Here it go!”)

The downside: they could not deliver my groceries, so I had to make frequent trips and carry heavy loads, sometimes with both children in tow.  I continued to do it, even after I got off of the benefit programs, because it was worth it to me to really nourish myself and my family, which soon grew again by one when my dad came to live with me for a time.

One day it dawned on me: if I lived closer to this supermarket, that would be so nice.  If only I could afford a swank apartment in shiny Battery Park City… but indeed I could not.  The edible caste system at work, ladies and gentlemen: those who have plenty get more nutrients closer to home, and those who don’t either have to make long journeys to the wealthier neighborhoods and look for in season organics and sales in at a high quality, high priced grocer, or just stay malnourished.

The good news is that prayers have been answered and change is upon us.  The edible caste system is about to be shattered, and food deserts are about to be flooded with better food.  How, you ask?  Be sure to read part two when I post it…

In the meantime, please share your food desert confessions in the comments section.  I would love to know how fellow parents are handling this problem and getting cleaner, more nourishing food for the families in spite of financial and geographic obstacles.

Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well.

3 John 1:2 NIV

 

 

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The Genesis Lifespan Shift: How Shortening Other Animals’ Lives Shortened Ours

Real Longevity

The genealogy of Adam is detailed in Genesis 5 all the way to Noah.  This is eight generations, including Methuselah of the famous cliché “Older than Methuselah”.  Adam and Eve had Seth when Adam was 130 years old (v3).  He then lived another 800 years, during which time he had more sons and daughters and died at age 930 (v4-5).

This pattern repeats over and over during the next 8 generations.  The pattern goes:

  1. Have a first or a key offspring sometime between ages 100-200 (except Enosh, who has Kenan at age 90 in v9 and Enoch who fathers Methuselah at the tender age of 65 in v21) .
  2. Live a 1496786952212628264633minimum of 770 years (Lamech, father of Noah v31), the oldest, of course, being Methuselah (Noah’s grandfather) crushing the scales at 969 years of age! (v27)

Lamech was 182 at the time of his son Noah’s birth (v28), then Noah doesn’t father Ham, Shem and Japheth until he is a ripe 500 years old himself (v32)!

Old but Not Feeble

Once the ark is built in chapter 7, the flood comes, Noah was 600 years old (v6). We can imagine that although Noah was rather old, he was fit, not at all feeble, to have been able to sire three children and build the world’s largest sea-going vessel with the just the help of 3 very young sons (still under the age of 100 themselves) and no modern machinery.

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Shorter Post-Flood Lifespans

Then, in chapter 11, we have a detailed record of the genealogy of Noah up to Abram (Abraham) after the tower of Babel fiasco.  Shem fatheredArpachshad 2 years after the flood at age 100 (v10) and lived another 500 years after that, so he was 600 when he died.

Then, in an abrupt shift, Arpachshad fathers Shelah at only 35 years of age (v12) and lives only another 403 years, never making it as far as 440.  This continues, and the lifespans continually decrease.  Nahor, the grandfather of Abram, fathers Abram’s father Terah at the tender age of 29 (v24) and only lives another 119 years (v25).  That means he died at age 148!

Terah fathers Abram, (a second) Nahor and Haran at 70 (v26), the one anomaly in these next 9 generations, but he too only lives a total of 205 years (v32).  The three generations after Shem surpass the 400 mark, which is less than half the pre-flood average lifespan, then the lifespans decrease by almost another half again so people  are barely making it past their 200th birthdays.  We know that when God tells Abraham he and Sarah are going to have a child they scoff, considering themselves aged out of childbearing at ages 100 and 90 respectively.  They laughed at the thought, in fact, the name Isaac (the child they begat indeed, just as God had promised they would) means laughter!  They found it hard to believe that even God could make such a thing happen, either not knowing or forgetting that their ancestors were having children well into their 100’s and living to see their 900th birthdays routinely for 8 generations.

BUT WHY DID HUMAN LIFESPANS DECREASE BY MORE THAN 75% AFTER THE GREAT FLOOD???? 

There are various theories around about why this lifespan shift occurs: environmental changes after the flood, natural disasters, genetics etc.  These are speculations based on  worldly knowledge with no scriptural support.  There is no detail of the causes of death for any of the generations we just listed.  There is no record of natural disasters that changed the air or soil quality.  There is no scripture detailing any genetic anomaly in Shem that carried through his descendants. There is no other mention of anything directly affecting human health EXCEPT for a major dietary shift after the flood.   The Holy Bible is the revealed word of God and the scripture reveals clearly that mankind was newly authorized by God to eat animal flesh as a primary source of nourishment after the flood and shortly thereafter their lifespans shrank generation after generation until they were reduced by more than 75% by the time of Abraham’s birth.

Like Manna From Heaven

Picture it: Genesis 9.  The entire world has just spent roughly 5 months under water with the only remaining life existing and waiting on The Ark.  The dove came back with the branch, The Ark docks on land that has just started to peek out above the slowly declining water line.  The door opens up and every soul can now go ashore.

A beautiful rainbow appears in the sky as God makes his covenant with Noah, along with a new proclamation regarding nourishment.  Whereas in Genesis 1:29-30 He gives man and animals all the plants to eat (herb yielding seed, fruit with seeds in them and every green leaf shall be your “meat” according to KJV), in verse 3 of this chapter He now gives mankind animals to eat (every moving things shall be food for you; I give you everything as I gave you the green plants and vegetables. AMP).

He placed a few restrictions on that right away, with more to come later in the book of Leviticus, but this is a major shift in the human diet ordained by God.  We know there was carnivory long before this point after the fall of man – Abel, Adam’s son, was a herdsman – but based on what we know about the ancient human diet, we can imagine that this was largely relegated to sacrificial purposes, and certainly meat was not eaten on a daily basis in as large portions – no 8oz porterhouse steaks for dinner!  But now, after a 150 day worldwide flood, all the ground on which plants could grow submerged in the depths of the all consuming oceans, we can surmise that the ordained carnivory was a necessary move by God because we see in the final verse of Chapter 8 that He re-instated seedtime and harvest. He did not chose to fast track the return of the plants in His grand wisdom to sustain the order he originally established and deemed “Very Good” in the beginning, so there were not any plants to eat for a time.  Noah was instructed to take enough food on the ark to feed everyone just for the duration of the cruise.  Now the waters recede, the doors are opened and God sets His rainbow in the clouds.  And we are now authorized to eat the flesh of other animals.

Some omnivorous advocates argue that populations in the Arctic live solely on flesh – mainly aquatic animals and some birds – and have a very low incidence of disease.  There is at least one incidence in the bible where a unique diet was prescribed in extreme conditions.  During Exodus, the children of Israel couldn’t have planted and cultivated food or livestock  as they traveled through the desert, so God sent Manna from heaven to sustain them, then quails that just flew over and dropped down on their dinner plates, and He provided water. All of that temporary provision stopped when they (second generation, as it were) were finally able to settle in the promised land and resume normal life.

What’s my point?

Like manna from heaven, the animal flesh provision was to fill a gap.  In the Arctic, the conditions don’t allow for enough plant-based food to sustain human life, this is an exceptional case.  But most of mankind wasn’t living there then and does not live there now.  After the flood, as the plants returned, mankind should have defaulted back to God’s original provision: The Genesis 1 Diet.  Perhaps it was man’s sin nature that compelled him to continue to slaughter animals for food much more often than truly necessary.

That’s a big statement, right?? Let me explain.

He Purposed in His Heart not to Defile Himself

Fast forward to one of my favorite prophets, Daniel, when we first meet him in chapter 1 of his eponymous book.  We see that, unlike our Nile-spoilt ancestors, he and his four-man crew decline the king’s offering, choosing instead to #GoVegan (v8-15). The evidence of God’s approval of this act of obedience is clear in that God caused the palace official to show Daniel special favor (v9), and we see the positive results of the vegetable and water diet in verses 15-21 and throughout the rest of the book.  (See The Prophecy of Delicacies)

It is worth noting that Daniel chose Genesis 1 instead of Leviticus 11 (the basis of Kosher law – after all, Daniel was Jewish) to glorify God in his food choices.  When we consider Leviticus, there are theories as to why God approves some animals and forbids others, but we can gather two main points from this body of scripture:

1. That we must glorify Him in EVERY area of our lives, even in our food choices and

2. He placed a bunch of restrictions on the animals (probably in the context of how we, His dominion creatures, had chosen to feed ourselves in general), but none on the plants, which are what He initially provided for us at creation and deemed “Very Good”.

From Noah to Shem

Noah’s first task, according to scripture, was to go back to gardening  (v20, the NIV refers to him as “a man of the soil”). God just said “Hey, you guys can have a burger now!” but Noah chose instead to carry on the practices he was raised on, likely adhering largely to a plant-based diet (he was 600+ years of age, old habits die hard!).  He lived to be 950.

Shem, on the other hand, a young man with a new world under his dominion and a new decree from God that allows him to live on lamb kebabs and chicken fingers, doesn’t make it past 600.  And all his descendants lived shorter lives than he did.

In these modern times, we expect the opposite: that our children live longer lives than us.  We glorify science for that phenomenon.  But according to a 2005 NY Times article, for the first time in 2 centuries, children are expected to have possibly shorter, definitely less healthy lives because of what they are being fed.

1496784262706-62784804We need to hold science accountable for that as well with their inventions that make it possible to have a plethora of convenience food, preservatives , agricultural chemicals, livestock medication, concentrated animal feeding centers, etc.  

Biblical evidence shows us that when man began to eat a more animal-based diet, his lifespan shrank dramatically.  Can you live 900 years by becoming vegetarian today?? LOL probably not, but the evidence is clear and modern science (for those who need more than The Holy Bible) concurs that a plant-based diet supports a longer life in a healthier body.  The fountain of youth is not a fountain at all.  It is a garden!

And maybe, just maybe, if we turn the tide of food abuse in this world, our offspring 8 generations from now will get back to those high three digit ages.  How cool would that be????

Did God Shorten Our Lifespans Tho?

In Genesis 6, God was disgusted by our behaviour. In his frustration, He made a statement about our lifespans.

Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.”

Genesis 6:3 NIV

Could we take this to mean that God shortened our lifespans of his own accord?  One could say that, but it is not in His character to cut lives short.  On the contrary, He promises us a long life of a high quality in many scriptures throughout The Bible.  Knowing God, the probability is that He was making a prophecy based on what He knew we were about to experience with our interpretation of His proclamation of provision.  In other words, He had already seen how we act, so He knew we would be shortening our own lives.  Later on, the book of Psalms says we will live only 70 years, 80 if we are lucky.  That is likely based on actual lifespans at the time, because we can make it closer to 100 more frequently these days.

1496783751353-1188077040Modern Evidence Supports Biblical Wisdom 

We now know that animal protein consumed in the form of dairy (cow’s milk, cheese etc) is linked to numerous cancers, bone loss (ironically, we were lead to believe that we desperately needed the calcium in dairy to combat this), heart disease, digestive problems, sinus problems, ear infections and Type 1 diabetes.

We know that animal flesh over-consumption is linked to a wide array of diseases including cancer and high blood pressure, the latter of which is the harbinger of a host of other issues.  We know that many people have been cured of these diseases by simply changing their diet to a plant-based diet.  Also, not just a plant-based diet, but one rich in whole grains (herb yielding seed, Gen 1:11, 29), omitting the refined carbohydrates prevalent in the modern food system.

(sources include but are not limited to Dr. Sebi , Dr. Joseph Mercola, The China Study, 1496783043119687365693Fed Up Documentary, Cowspiracy Documentary, The Truth About Cancer)

But What About Protein Y’All????

Show of hands, how many of you know someone who died of a protein deficiency?  How many of you have had a doctor tell you that you need to eat more protein to help you with a health problem that you’re dealing with?

They will be appalled at the sight of each other and will waste away because of their sin.

Ezekiel 4:17 NIV

We can get all the protein we need from plant sources and there is no real danger of protein deficiency if you were to stop consuming animal-based foods altogether.  That spirit of fear is straight out of Satan’s tool box to keep us killing ourselves with the very food we eat!

Ezekiel 4 gives us some insight into Satan’s plan to use our own food as a tool to weaken God’s people, indeed we are appalled at the sight of each other and many are wasting away.  The wasting away, in this era, is disguised as the opposite: Obesity.  We are so appalled by this sight that a new political incorrectness now exists in the form of “fat bashing”.  People suffering from obesity are ironically wasting away from malnutrition. In this case, the sin is allowing our flesh to dictate what we put inside of our temples.  Proverbs 23:1-3 tells us that there is deception perpetrated in our food system by the oligarchs of our society, it is our warning.

For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Timothy 1:7 KJV

We have sound minds that can, if we want, seek the powerful knowledge in His word and in the world on this topic, apply it (that’s wisdom) and share it with others (that’s love).

I love each and every one of you and I am officially inviting you all to my 120th birthday party!

I will be the cute one on the dance floor bringing back the whip and nay-nay!

 

 

 

 

 

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Prison Residents Suffer Nutritional Abuse

An excerpt from The Food Revolutionary Strategy Handbook, a work in progress by the author. 

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Source: YouTube user “She Needs A Lawyer” video entitled WOMEN IN PRISON: LOCKED IN CELLS

From what I learned both in and outside of history classrooms in school, slaves were treated with a great deal of cruelty, including being subjected to food that was low in nutritional value and high in fats and starches[1], which could lead to scurvy and rickets.  Per the 13th Amendment, prisoners deserve to be treated as slaves, and in modern times that is certainly the case.  Like the slaves carried to the Americas in the cargo holds of ships, they are shackled, beaten, sometimes stripped, often raped by COs, forced to work for no pay and subjected to inferior food.  The shocking truth about the food is that the same corporations who provide school food are also feeding prison populations.

[1] Slavery and the Making of America: The Slave Experience: Living Conditions http://www.pbs.org/wnet/slavery/experience/living/history2.html

Prison reform is a very difficult topic around which to rally public support.  People are judgmental.  The media vilifies people who commit crimes and influences viewers to put those people in a myopic, unyielding set of boxes in their minds, and in those boxes, “criminals” are dehumanized.  Even as you are reading this, you may have trouble

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thinking that people who have been convicted of crimes are entitled to clean, healthy, nourishing meals because as a society we have an insatiable appetite to punish one another for breaking rules and laws and hurting other people.  Some may say that we do this to shift focus off our own infractions – in truth, most of us break rules, break laws and hurt people all the time – so we can feel better about ourselves.

If we can dehumanize a person we can easily deny them basic human rights, can’t we?  One of the first hurdles the prison reform movement, which encompasses standing up for vast improvements in prison meal programs, is to get society to change its perspective on inmates.

Why We MUST Do This:

Because if we don’t stand up for food sovereignty for every man, woman and child in the world, then we are not doing mankind real justice.   Standing for inmates’ right to clean, wholesome food shows that the food revolution is universal.   Many of us have sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, husbands, boyfriends, girlfriends, mothers, fathers, aunties

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or uncles residing in penitentiaries and we are feeling firsthand the plight of the inmate’s loved one.  They may have told us horror stories about the food on brief phone calls and emails and expressed their longing to come home to a good meal.  If the corrections system is to live up to its name, punishment should not be the primary impetus for the decisions that effect every aspect of inmates’ lives, but it is indeed.  They are dehumanized through societal programming through the media and subjected to abuse in many forms, including nutritional abuse, all to justify the mechanisms in the prison industry complex that benefit the corporations who profit from the constant supply of souls in it. This is just as wrong as feeding school children inferior food and contributes to the same widespread problems in physical and mental health, in environmental abuse and in food insecurity.