Give a bowl of rice to a man and you will feed him for a day, teach him how to grow his own rice and you will save his life
This quotation by Confucius is more relevant today than perhaps ever before. One of the fundamental issues facing modern, western society is the proliferation of processed fast food and the resulting obesity, diabetes, and heart disease epidemics. Sadly, there is also an accompanying loss of knowledge in regard to traditionally prepared food and even basic cooking skills. I have seen the results of this first hand, working with clients with MBA degrees who live on micro-waved processed junk the majority of the time. Needless to say, their health and overall quality of life suffer badly.
There are, however, signs of a fight back. In 1986, Carlo Petrini began what is known as the ‘slow food’ movement, in response to McDonalds trying to open a shop on the Spanish Steps in Rome. His aim was to prevent the loss of Italian food culture caused by the spread of fast food. The ‘slow food’ movement also aims to preserve local cuisine and eco-system characteristics, and to prevent the globalization of agricultural products.
While this particular war is being waged on a global level, there is an equally important role for us all to play on a local level in education our children. Culinary self sufficiency is a vital part of becoming a self reliant adult. It is also financially prudent to teach our children how to live efficiently and will encourage a healthier lifestyle, thereby reducing future medical costs. And, after all, according to Confucius, food is one of the two great pleasures in life and should be enjoyed and appreciated to the fullest.
Yours in health,
Corporate Health Management
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