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You name it, we've tried it!

You don't have to agree or even believe in the concept of eating meat or cooked foods. The fact of the matter is that it happens.

You can argue all day and night that it shouldn't be done. The fact of the matter is that it happens.

You can mention study after study and archaeological find after archaeological find...doesn't change reality.

The reality is that humans have eaten everything and anything since the beginning of time. I'm talking about everything from babies drinking anti-freeze to people trying to eat their own feces. You name it, someone out there has tried to eat it.

One of the reasons humans have had such a wide range of foods included in their diet over the last gazillion years, including other humans, is that never before in the history of the earth has the best food available been as accessible and as abundant, for as many people, as it is now. The world is smaller and foods that weren't even on your continent previously are now available right down the street.

Some people have this idea that we should be eating food the way it was eaten 100,000 years ago. While that sounds really romantic, we also have to keep in mind that 100,000 years ago humans faced droughts, floods, fires, and all sorts of other things that created a space where the primary concern was not, "What is most optimal for me to eat," but rather "Will I even eat anything this week?"

When it comes to food there is no right or wrong. There is only reality. Today's reality is that humans still have a wide range of foods they eat, even bugs! My honest feeling, however, is that given the choice of amazingly tasty and abundant raw food and amazingly tasty and abundant cooked food, people will start choosing the raw food because they feel better eating it.

So I actually don't care what we use to eat in the past and I don't think it is helpful to go back and forth with expert evidence. The reality is that you name it and some human out there has tried it!

Finally, I as a human, have the opportunity to actually ask myself, "What makes me feel good and taste good too?" And for that opportunity, I am amazingly grateful.

Okay...all this typing has made me hungry....and you know I likes it raw!

Comments

Sandeep Sood

100,000 years ago - was that before the Internet?

I agree with this sentiment emphatically - not only should we not be striving to eat the way we did 100,000 years ago, I don't find it a romantic ideal to BE the way were a 100,000 thousand years ago.

100,000 years ago, we still killed each other and talked shit about later (probably in a cave). We pushed specied into extinction without regard. We were mean to our wives.

And, we left snarky comments on cuneiform blogs, I'm sure of it.

allisun

"Some people have this idea that we should be eating food the way it was eaten 100,000 years ago. While that sounds really romantic, we also have to keep in mind that 100,000 years ago humans faced droughts, floods, fires, and all sorts of other things that created a space where the primary concern was not, "What is most optimal for me to eat," but rather "Will I even eat anything this week?"


I disagree with this wholeheartedly. There is a lot of research that suggests our lives were much better in a variety of ways (plus we had more free time - the average huntergatherer only spent 4-6 hours a day in tramping about hunting and gathering for their food/resources) and starvation was NOT a way of life. Going hungry sometimes happened yes, but everybody went hungry there was no such thing as poverty because there was no such thing as individuals having more wealth than others. And no incidents of widespread famine - have you any idea how many hundreds of millions of people have died of famine? The concept of wealth, and famine and many other diseases, were created by agriculture. Check out anticivilizationist/primitivist theory, or even the book "Against the Grain: How agriculture hijacked civlization" and you will have second thoughts about making such a sweeping statement about how hunter-gatherers ate.

and this comment: "100,000 years ago, we still killed each other and talked shit about later (probably in a cave). We pushed specied into extinction without regard. We were mean to our wives. "

You MUST be joking!!! I really hope you're being sarcastic. Again reference the book I mentioned above or any other primitivist research... you have no idea how much worse humans have been to eachother, and to the earth - changing the very flora and fauna before colonialists even colonized - only since the advent of agriculture.

Deanna

Even raw foodist Dr. Doug Graham has come out strongly against grains and monocrop agriculture in his small book Grain Damage.

Civilization was a mixed blessing for health, but industrialization takes the cake. Now we have white flour and bleached sugar, but also tropical coconut butter and macademias. At least with cheap oil running low (thanks to overconsumption that is changing the climate of the whole globe), industrialization as we now know it will soon be just a memory.

I would love to see some frank discussion about peak oil scenarios and their effect on food prices, even raw food availability. Presently, oil is at $67 US a barrel, which will be driving up food costs very soon. The more "food miles" a product has, the less ecologically sound it is because it uses so much energy to get from farm to consumer. How does that fit into one's ethics about the environment, especially considering global warming? How optimal is the 10,000 mile mango that is 3+ weeks old when eaten? I say, grow your own. Ain't nothin so quite alive as a strawberry picked straight out of your garden ... except for maybe Dhrumil's squirmin' maggot salad ;)

This site rocks.

Spence

Why do people feel so good eating raw fruits, veggies and nuts? Because we evolved to over millions of years to eat these foods, and also animal foods. And now the government wants us to base our
diets on grains, that were not eaten by humans about 12000 years ago. Milk is one of the most unatural foods, did hunter gathers go out and find a buffalo and suck directly, good luck.

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