Tasty food for a hungry animal


Een interessante uiteenzetting over onze relatie met eten op de site Things your grandmother knew:

« No one likes to admit that his or her best efforts at understanding and solving a problem have actually made the problem worse, but that’s exactly what has happened in the case of nutritionism. Scientists operating with the best of intentions, using the best tools at their disposal, have taught us to look at food in a way that has diminished our pleasure in eating it while doing little or nothing to improve our health. Perhaps what we need now is a broader, less reductive view of what food is, one that is at once more ecological and cultural. What would happen, for example, if we were to start thinking about food as less of a thing and more of a relationship?

In nature, that is of course precisely what eating has always been: relationships among species in what we call food chains, or webs, that reach all the way down to the soil. Species co-evolve with the other species they eat, and very often a relationship of interdependence develops: I’ll feed you if you spread around my genes. A gradual process of mutual adaptation transforms something like an apple or a squash into a nutritious and tasty food for a hungry animal. Over time and through trial and error, the plant becomes tastier (and often more conspicuous) in order to gratify the animal’s needs and desires, while the animal gradually acquires whatever digestive tools (enzymes, etc.) are needed to make optimal use of the plant. Similarly, cow’s milk did not start out as a nutritious food for humans; in fact, it made them sick until humans who lived around cows evolved the ability to digest lactose as adults. This development proved much to the advantage of both the milk drinkers and the cows.

I don’t think it’s possible or advisable for us all to be farmers and produce (grow and raise) all that we eat. But I do think we’d benefit from asking ourselves if what we are putting into our bodies could actually be something we could produce. If not, we probably shouldn’t be eating it. »

We voegen meteen de daad bij het woord met dit heerlijke recept voor auberginelasagne van Jamie Oliver, dat je terugvindt op zijn site. Het oorspronkelijke recept is vegetarisch, maar niemand houdt je tegen om wat gehakt toe te voegen natuurlijk.


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2 Reacties to “Tasty food for a hungry animal”

  1. fleurtrueblue Says:

    Ik zeg altijd: ‘Frietjes zijn ook groentjes!’ :))

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