Stir it up
Published: April 24, 2013
The way we identify the great ages of human activity are related to how we acquire food: the age of the hunter-gatherer; the agricultural age; the industrial age. If you believe the word industrial only refers to things like steel and cars then you have missed the factory farms that spread over huge portions of the American landscape.
Industry has dominated how we eat and what we eat. It has also made high blood pressure, diabetes, obesity — and complications of these ailments, such as kidney and heart disease — common. Good and nutritious food is truly the best medicine for the aforementioned ailments.
Farming is hard work. Detroit has a lot of unemployed and underemployed people who could be producing food. The work will make us healthier and will also lift the spirits of people when they can literally see the fruits of their labor. People who grow good food eat good food. And at the end of the day, they can gather together with friends in community and say, “Let’s eat.”
Let’s eat good healthy food that we’ve grown ourselves. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Larry Gabriel is a writer, musician and former editor of Metro Times. Send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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