Why local food is good, and processed sugary food is bad

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There I am, happy as a clam, in the now three year old bioshelter (this picture happens to be from the first year, the food is so dense you wouldn’t be able to see me now).

Look at all that wonderful, rich, diverse food around me (including the clams, and fish in the tanks.)

The Jonathan in that picture, isn’t the same Jonathan that is writing this article.

For the past fifteen months I’ve cut added sugar out of my life. That’s right, I haven’t gotten an ice cream cone, eaten corn flakes, drank orange juice or soda of any kind. In the last few months I’ve also stopped drinking milk, and mellowed my fruit intake. Oh, and alcoholic beverages are out too.

Is he crazy, you might be thinking… He must be following some kind of hippie fad, or trying to lose weight. Nope, actually I learned some interesting new science that is showing how bad sugar is for me (and when I mean sugar, I’m talking about table sugar, sucrose, fructose and anything that contains these including: honey, agave, maple syrup etc.)

What is this science you speak of? Well, it is simple really. Human’s evolved to eat a lot of things, and sometimes in our evolutionary environment we stumbled upon sweet fruit. Our early ancestors evolved a brain that said, “Hey, next time you see that sweet fruit, make sure you eat lots of it because it is calorie dense and we need that energy to get us through till the next meal.”

Fast forward to today… The food industry caught on to this universal brain message, that all humans have, and realized there was money to be made… Now it is almost impossible to find “food” in the supermarket or restaurant that doesn’t have added sugar.

So, why is this bad? Well, the natural sugars found in whole foods are fine in moderation, whole fruit for example… But, when we eat to much sugar, apparently we get cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and dementia.

(For more interesting “sugar is bad” facts check out the videos at the bottom of this post.)

My point is, that this new information adds even more evidence to why growing home gardens, and supporting local whole food growers are revolutionary acts for ourselves and the future health of our communities. We can’t stop there. We need to be vocal in our communities, helping others to gain this knowledge. We even need to be active in our local political system, working to improve laws. Laws that encourage whole systems farming and that discourage bad food in schools for example.

For us, the bioshelter has extended the season, providing fresh greens all winter. And we teach other’s about how we do it. A direct F^#K you to the life destroying food industry.

It’s been a challenge at times, to not eat a brownie or home made pie. But, I know I’ll live longer, be more vibrant, and feel better. Fruit is that much more enjoyable now, plus, without all that sugar (and white flour too) I’ve lost 25 pounds, an added bonus for my good health and good looks 🙂