Everyone always asks, "Why do you make this stuff?"
After teaching and researching nutrition for more than 12 years, it has become obvious to me that the health benefits of fermented foods are unparalleled.
For over 7,000 years, people have been using the best of nature to protect us from the worst of nature. By harnessing the beneficial powers of bacteria, we can protect, preserve and store food for times when 'fresh' is not available.
What was not known in the past is that the microorganisms, in addition to preserving food, have incredible health benefits for people. They support the environment inside you. Sandor Katzcalls this ecoimmunonutrition. The need to support and constantly replenish this ecosystem has been neglected by the Standard American Diet (SAD) for so long that it has far reaching health effects. You can read more here from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
For the past 100 years or so, our society has demonized all bacteria and made the mission of sterilization paramount as part of a flawed vision of a healthy lifestyle. We are outnumbered by bacteria and it is impossible and dangerous to try to create sterility.
The best defense against harmful microbes is beneficial microbes. We now know that the practice of fermentation that we have enjoyed for thousands of years actually helps us, our digestive system and our immune system. By creating and encouraging an environment where good microorganisms can thrive not only will help food safety and our digestion, but also makes for tasty eating.
Changes to how our food system must begin at the grassroots level. Support our local economy and our local farmers by spending your money on goods that are made locally. We must also show our support through demonstrations that can alert our political officials to how we believe the food system should change. The Rally for Food & Farm Freedom is just such a demonstration and it is going on in Washington DC this weekend. If you are in the area, please check it out.
When was the last time you heard anyone recommend farming as a career choice? That is what the legendary Joel Salatin recommended at his Earth Day speech last week as he made his convincing case about how the average consumer can support a more sustainable, healthier, local food system in the United States. Joel never backs down, always speaks his mind and proves his points through real life experience. He is the ultimate BAO Bad Ass Legend.
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