Hi friends! We felt pretty inspired to write a piece on "perfect food" and what that actually means to your health. We're all visual beings as much as any other sense and quite frankly, yeah, we like pretty things. We are conditioned to the aesthetically appealing. There is nothing wrong with that at all. Beauty attracts us and therefore enhances the chances of reproduction and longevity in whatever thing you think we're talking about... not a mate, by the way. Although that's a bonus!
We're talking about having or not having the perfect food attitude. To us perfect food is dented, split, burnt tips, tasty, nutrient-dense, barely washed, stubby or slender, tiny or large, mis-shapened, variegated, grown naturally, a bug hole or two. You get the picture.
From a farmer's perspective, in order to get into the bigger markets you have to follow a certain standard of squeaky clean food that goes through intense examination, or quality control, and most of the food that doesn't cut it goes to the trash or compost pile. Each food depicted as either Barbie or Raggedy-Anne.
There are also farmers that try their very best to bring you the most perfect looking food and if you check in behind their booth, there's typically a box of "didn't cut it" foods because of the bruises, dents, splits, etc. The farmer will eat it themselves, no big deal. But why?
To make the process faster, to grow more, and to get more "perfect" yields, our soil has been heavily sterilized. Our food washed and scrubbed without a trace of soil. Why? Because it's prettier and it sells. There have been many individuals who walked by our booth and said, "Look! This looks like the food I grow in my own garden. Split and all!" We've even had someone say, "Can you grab me a different radish?" I added, "which one would you prefer?" She replied, "Well, I'd prefer one without a split in it." You can tell the difference between the perspective of what perfect food is in both of our customers.
You may have noticed that our root crops especially are left with some soil on it. We mean no disrespect or to add more work on your end, nor is this laziness on our part. This is mostly because soil preserves the freshness of the food. It also contains Vitamin B, which is a main deficiency in most of our diets, specifically those who consume a plant-based diet. In fact, we don't even wash the produce when we pick a snack off the farm, just a light dusting. I've even known pregnant women to grab a handful of soil and eat it like a snowball.
Vitamin B can be found in animals, and that's just a small percentage because the animals eaten are more than likely herbivores. Now I don't know about you, but we haven't seen cattle or livestock sitting at a table with a napkin around their neck served a plate with freshly washed produce. (Fun to imagine, though). No, animals are getting some soil in their diet... hopefully, if their grass-fed or able to eat from the ground. Essentially, the vitamins are absorbed within their bodies at time of human consumption.
One important factor to consider is how many children are not allowed to play in the soil anymore. With more and more sterilized soil, the Valley Fever spore and other contaminants thrive. Think of sterilization as an antibiotic, killing off the good bacteria and vitamins and minerals. So yes, it's hard to imagine a child playing around in that. But isn't it strange to think of soil, Earth's and plant's foundation of life, to be a harmful place to play around?
In close, we ask, what is your attitude toward perfect food? How have you made changes in your life to accept Nature as it is?
Heath and Meag