Tuesday 26 March 2024

Should you be worried about the widespread adulteration of food?

No - you should Not be worried about the adulteration of food. 

I am sure that food is adulterated with all manner of undesirable things. 

But you should not worry about it - because adulteration is everywhere, affects almost everything, and there is nothing you can do about it. 

You don't even know which of so many are the most significant problems, nor what they do to you. (And quite likely neither do those who are doing the adulterating.)

Understand that it is the easiest thing in the world to contaminate food, it requires no intelligence, and very little knowledge - and there are so many forms of contamination, that avoidance is impossible and worry is a waste of time. 

control all the major institutions of the Western world, and there are innumerable ways to adulterate food. 

If They want to adulterate the food - or the water supply, or farm-land and farm animals, or medicines, or anything - then They can and will do so - whenever They so choose - and with impunity. 

Trying to evade that which is ubiquitous is futile. Worse; food-phobia is a Black Hole of attention, resources and time

(Just think of vegans... OK, enough! Now stop thinking of vegans. Doesn't that feel better?) 

They would love for us all to expend our mortal lives in trying to avoid and escape that which can neither be avoided nor escaped. 

What They do NOT want us to attend to, is that battle that each person fights for himself and that only himself can fight: the spiritual war of these End Times.


Stephen Macdonald said...

I simply turn all such things over to God at this point. I do sufficient exercise to keep fit enough to be useful to Him, but no more. I eat what food He provides, in moderation. We do make an effort to eat mostly food grown and raised locally by our fellow Christians. I otherwise do not obsess over food.

Our purpose is to follow Christ, and to model Him in this fallen world. God will provide us with what we need in order to do so.

william arthurs said...

I just read Teddy Spaghetti's explanation, today, about how 90 per cent of American cheese is made with an animal rennet substitute developed by Pfizer. I might give that a miss! not that I fancy setting foot in the USA for the foreseeable future.

Francis Berger said...

Well, you've convinced me. I'm glad I don't have to worry about adulterated food anymore. I can now dedicate more time to finishing my backyard doomsday bunker...hey, wait a minute...

(Just think of vegans... OK, enough! Now stop thinking of vegans. Doesn't that feel better?)

Off topic, but the lines above reminded me of one of the few times I agreed with the communist philosopher, Zizek. In a brief clip, old Slavoj talks about where he and the film crew should have lunch that day. He suggests the restaurant on the corner because they serve simple steaks and things like that. An off-camera voice rejects the suggestion because the film crew are all vegetarians.

"Degenerates; degenerates," Zizek scoffs. "You'll turn into monkeys."

Bruce Charlton said...

@william a - But you are just doing something the mass media tells you, responding to the latest scare. Meanwhile a million other hazards, presumably many much worse, are ignored because you haven't been told to take them seriously. It's your decision, but I don't admire it!

Bruce Charlton said...

@Frank - The joke is that we are on a knife edge of WWIII; plus our leaders are engineering threats to health and longevity from starvation secondary to destroyed economies, energy, trade, transport, and farming. i.e. Return to the diet including grass, sawdust and shoe-leather that so many Europeans experienced only 80 years ago.

Charlie said...

Hear hear! Great point, well made!

Yes, indeed, "they" can adulterate if they want to. We're almost a century into mass-produced, mass-regulated, mass-marketed food. If "They" were benign, the adulteration would not still be going on. And if "They" were stoppable, the adulteration would not still be going on.

And if an obsession with ingredients were productive instead of futile, those so obsessed would be able to relax now, all their previous education and label-reading having led them to a safe diet (but of course they are not now relaxed, because the adulteration cannot be evaded, and because the obsession itself is addictive.)

A few other thoughts:

1) Ingredient obsession has a lot in common with birdemic "safety" protocols. It's highly materialistic, it ignores our mortality, and it ignores our true nature as God's creatures).

2) "They" clearly enjoy publicizing the "dangerous" adulteration. Even if they ARE trying to weaken us, they view FEAR as a more powerful weapon than various chemical additives.
"They" also enjoy provoking us into a materialistic, mortality-denying, "healthism" worldview. So we thwart their adulteration terror better by ignoring it than by obsessively trying to circumvent it.

3) It's even possible that the adulteration is largely a propaganda product--a fear-based weapon rather than a chemical one.

The most recent news story, that 90% of American-made cheese contains ingredients from a well-known birdemic peck provider, strikes me as a particularly heavy-handed and jokey piece of "you can't escape" propaganda. "The peck is in the cheese!"

Anyway, you are absolutely right that we should NOT worry. "Fear not!" and "Be Not Afraid!" are among the most common phrases in the Bible for a reason!

Francis Berger said...

Bruce, as you've said many times, most people are unaware of just how bad things are at the moment.

Laeth said...

I don't worry, I just take spiritual gains from gardening or gathering wild foods. I am under no illusion that the soil or the water or the air are free from contamination even if I take all the precautions that can be taken. but it's the same with writing on the internet - I gain from it, but I am not under the illusion I can avoid the contamination.

Bruce Charlton said...

@Charlie - Exactly.

" "Fear not!" and "Be Not Afraid!" are among the most common phrases in the Bible for a reason!"

Somebody once counted 365 such occurrences - one for each day of the year! That may or may not be accurate, but the point still stands.

AnteB said...

This relates a bit to some of the things that you have written about the manosphere, bodybuilders and various life-style gurus.

Discussions, in minute detail, about various foods are common among those communities. Especially regarding seed oils. Needless to say, an almost neurotic fixation on such things is profoundly unmanly.

Mia said...

I run a group for Christian moms. I was warned by church leadership not to let it turn into a gripe- fest about husbands. Never once has that occurred. Every single time however I have to fend off endless conversations about food! The only thing that keeps it somewhat in check is everyone having a different obsession and everyone being too polite to contradict each other.

WJT said...

As someone once said, “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?”

Bruce Charlton said...

@Frank: "most people are unaware of just how bad things are at the moment."

I feel that perhaps more than ever, at the present.

It is not a matter of "what can I do about it?" as so many people think. It is a matter of spiritual discernment. Given that the unaware people are all drenched in "news", and they morally *ought* to be aware of the large scale operation of evil in which they are deeply complicit.

And by "complicit" I mean that the "unaware" are actively supporting geopolitical evil in their hearts, with their values and desires - and, often, prayers.

William Wildblood said...

I was a vegetarian for 20 odd years but now I eat fish though not meat. Just prefer it. I also avoid processed food as much as possible simply because I don't like it. However the essence of this is in Mark Chapter 7 verse 15.

"There is nothing from without a man, that entering into him can defile him: but the things which come out of him, those are they that defile the man."

The body is the vehicle/expression of the soul and should be looked after on that account but still it's the soul that is the important thing.

Bruce Charlton said...

@William - Indeed. And it would surely not be a total disaster if our life expectancy was more like that of our grandparents (born near the beginning of the twentieth century) than that of our parent's generation - whose extra years of life were/are so often so dire.

Jacob Gittes said...

Very true - we should not worry about food.
I do find that when I prepare and eat meals that I naturally "like," do seem to do better. Generally simple stuff: veggies, fish, meats done simply.
When I removed the fluoride from my water in 2012, however, decades long chronic depression and adhd-like symptoms left within a day or two. It was miraculous for me, and I would certainly not wish to subject myself to that neurological symptom again! But again, I much prefer the taste of spring water, so it's more a pursuit of pleasure now than an avoidance of "badness."

It is funny, though, how much people on the left and right, the vaxxers and anti-vaxxers, all obsess about health, while their governments are pushing policicies that could lead to mega-death. Well, funny in a sardonic way.
However, point taken: the spiritual trumps the material, every time. Fear not. Thanks for this reminder.

william arthurs said...

Dr C, I think I'd categorise my avoiding anything to do with Pfizer, whether pecks or rennet-substitutes, as part of my guerilla strategy in the cosmic battle between Good and Evil which is currently underway -- it's not really a scare story.

Bruce Charlton said...

@WA - Well, it's common sense (albeit rare) not to go to psychopaths for help; but the point of the rennet scare story is that nobody knew they were consuming Pfizer products until the mass media informed them. There may be another hundred such substances you are consuming. In a nutshell, no matter how many specific products you know about and avoid; you cannot avoid any particular source that the media don't tell you about and the state bureaucracy collude in hiding from you.

The peck is rather specific and different, because it was a kind of spiritual test in the spiritual war - the point was not mainly to harm, but to induce hundreds of millions of people into active and willing collusion with the agenda of evil. It succeeded spectacularly.