Our Food System is Broken: Let’s Do Something About It

By Sally Fallon, edited by Iginia Broccalandro

We all know that our food system is broken. The question is: how do we solve the mess? Clearly, attempts to change the opinions of federal officials and regulators are not the solution. As Sinclair Lewis once said: “It is difficult to get a man to understand something when his salary depends upon his not understanding it.” People in power have been bought, in ways both obvious and subtle, and they have a hard time understanding that we―all of us―are at the eleventh hour, with a food system so dysfunctional it is poisoning both people and planet.

Fortunately, there are steps each of us can take, and if enough people take these steps, the solution will follow.

  1. Eat saturated fat! By choosing saturated animal fat―butter, lard, tallow―we support animal agriculture over monoculture, real food over processed food, health over disease. (Cod liver oil and coconut oil should be added to this list as sister fats.) As we become healthier and stronger, our minds will work better. The Vitamin A in animal fats gives us the stick-to-it-tiveness to set a course of action and follow through. That course of action may be as grand as challenging raw milk laws or as humble as helping one other person change his or her diet.
  2. Buy from local farmers: At least 50 percent of your food budget should be spent on foods produced by farms nearby, farms engaged in pasture-based agriculture.
  3. Learn to cook: Prepare your food from local ingredients, always with plenty of butter. You will find that your cravings for sweets and junk foods will gradually disappear. The more we eat real food and eat that food with plenty of good fats, the less the processed food appeals. And when enough people stop purchasing processed foods, the industry will collapse. Even a slight reduction in demand for processed foods sends shock waves through corporate headquarters.
  4. Support artisan producers: One of the most encouraging trends is the proliferation of small companies producing lacto-fermented pickles, kombucha (over one hundred companies nationwide), raw artisan cheese, traditional charcuterie, and sourdough bread. When we buy these products, the companies flourish, and they are truly the healthy alternative to corporate food. When the processed food industry implodes, these tiny entities will be waiting in the wings to provide us with healthy processed food.

Solution in Our Hands

Nature has a process for righting things called “natural selection,” and in our society, we are going through a process rightly called the Natural Selection of the Wise. Those who continue to eat processed foods, drink sodas, insist on pasteurized milk, spray their fields with Roundup, and say yes to pharmaceutical drugs and vaccinations, will gradually die out―either they will become infertile or their children will not reach adulthood. Those who choose nutrient-dense pastured farm foods and artisan products will live long, healthy lives and have families of healthy children. It may seem cruel but that is how nature works to help her creatures survive. Truly, the solution to our broken food system will come from the bottom up, not the top down.

As part of the Carbon Economy Series, hear Sally Fallon talk on Friday Dec. 5, 2014 from 7-9 pm and Saturday all day from 9 am-5 pm in the Lecture Hall, room 216 in the West Wing of SFCC. She is the founder of the Weston A. Price Foundation and a leading advocate for raw milk, pasture fed beef and enzyme rich foods. For more information call (505) 819-3828 or visit our website: www.carboneconomyseries.com