Thursday, March 03, 2005

You are what you eat

It comes as no surprise to socialists when we are told that the food we eat can be poor in nutrition or as in the case of sudan 1, down right dangerous. The TV chef Jamie Oliver interviewed in the Sunday times 20/2/o5 on his crusade to improve the quality of school dinners, quoted a paediatrition he met with "What you don't understand Jamies that if the things I see on the inside were on the outside, it would be classed as child abuse"and on the effect this poor diet will have,"This is the first generation of kids who will die before their parents".
The relationship we have to the food we produce for ourselves can give us a clue as to the cause of the problem. In the 1960s and 70s I remember "radical" vegetarians arguing "You are what you eat" implying that if you eat beef, you are a cow, pork a pig. As a vegetarian I regard this as complete nonsense, but looked at another way it exposes a sordid truth.
OK so your hungry, you need some food, and as most of us don't grow our own it's of to the supermarket, there we can make our selection of food produced from all over the world, but, and here's the rub, before we can leave without a confrontation with the ever present rentacop, we have to observe the ceremony of the checkout, we have to pay! It doesn't matter how hungry we are if we can't pay we can't have, simple as that. The food we eat isn't primarily produced because we need to eat, it is produced for profit, it is commercially produced, so if we are what we eat, and this case we are, we must be commercially produced! Capitalism can be seen as the mass production of the working class,by the working class for the benefit of a tiny minority of parasites, it is the domestication of humans into a working class.
Socialists work for the time when ther are no classes just humans, and along with everything else food will be produced because it's needed, it will be free. So if we are what we eat, and the food we eat is free ????

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