NOT ENOUGH FOOD FOR EIGHT BILLION PEOPLE
Today, we just drive to the nearest supermarket and stock up with the weekly shop of processed foods. A few thousand years ago, there were no shops and no great
There are an estimated eight billion people living today. Assuming homo sapiens have been around for a couple of million years, it is sobering to think it took so long to reach a billion.
And that point was reached only two hundred years ago. Can Earth really cope with the present population in such a short period of time. And is it any wonder that so many are living below the breadline.
Today, we just drive to the nearest supermarket and stock up with the weekly shop of processed foods. A few thousand years ago, there were no shops and no great farms. People would walk miles, many as nomads, to look for food.
Isn't it just possible that their diets were much healthier than ours? They would have known by trial and error, the best wild plants to pick and berries to eat. Fish and meat were rarities, and that's no bad thing.
In many parts of the world, poor people still live those simple lives. Near my remote Eastern Mediterranean holiday home, in late summer hoards of women climb the mountain nest to me, and pick sackfuls of wild plants and roll them down the mountain at the end of the day.
A few are herbs that I recognise, but there are many more plants, including leaves from trees and bushes that I pass on my walks, that I would never think to pick, or to know what to do with.
One thing these mostly middle-aged and elderly women pickers have in common, is their obvious fitness and ability to work hard all day. And the other thing they have in common, is that none are obese.
They are likely to have a good immune system with real wild and nutritious plants. In the UK and most of the so called developed world, our ultra-processed supermarket products usually has to add certain vitamins and minerals.
We can buy nutritional supplements like the product Oxylift that delivers a cocktail of minerals with hydrogen, amino acids and enzymes, that we should, but don't always get with modern over processed offerings.
There are only a few points we should learn and remember about a good diet. First of all, eating is principally the means to get energy and health. This includes understanding the number of essential vitamins and minerals, and the reason we need them.
The number by the way, is about thirteen of each.
We should also not forget our gut bacteria that plays an important role in digestion. We can feed these with probiotic food that delivers extra good supplies of digestive bacteria.
The obvious sources of probiotics includes yoghurt, soft cheese, kefir and related products that quite literally, are full of friendly bacteria.
The range of prebiotics is much greater. These are foods that are less easily digested but help to clean the gut lining. They also provide food for the bacteria that helps break it all down.