To some it may not seem so important..getting back to Nature. Many might say: so what, if we live in a highly urbanised environment, what’s the big deal about Nature?
I could give several answers to the question “Why do we need to get back to Nature?” but i think the following video featuring the British celebrity chef Jamie Oliver in an American classroom is one of the best..
..when you see a 6-year-old confronted by a tomato and he doesn’t know what it is, and likely doesn’t know what a potato is either – you wonder would he recognise an apple? – you must think that there is something wrong here. Did they set up the video? Is it real? Is the kid acting? And if you accept that it’s real, and consider that it’s not just one kid, that several others in the class seem to have no better idea – though they all know perfectly what tomato ketchup is – then you must be at least a little concerned..if not downright disturbed.
Post-industrial urban living is a very artificial paradise..and one of the most artificial things in our plastic Garden of Eden (Made in Guangdong) is the food that we eat.
The industrialisation of food production, often presented as a miracle that has saved humanity, is probably closer to a catastrophic disaster.
We live in the age of pseudo-food.
Many children living in Westernised societies no longer recognise real food. They only know pseudo-food. Pre-prepared, processed, packaged food. Pseudo-food.
And the result is obesity, illness, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, osteoporosis, multiple forms of cancer..and general lack of quality of life.
That’s why, thinks me, we need to get back to Nature..
Paradise..maybe we’ve been looking in the wrong place?
8 And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed.
9 And out of the ground made the Lord God to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Genesis 2, 8-9