We must have food, but not too much, nor too little. Without food as fuel for our bodies we would not be alive; yet once that fact of life has been well understood, how then does food further enhance our lives? It gives us that sparkle that says we are more than being alive, we are thriving. We are thriving on the food we consume as well as on the labor of producing it. Furthermore, beyond our own maintenance, food allows us to share with others. When we’ve produced more tomatoes, as one example, than we and our neighbors can eat, we market it.
First, however, the problem of nutrition and survival must be considered. Then, and only then, can a country rise to its own food potential. How does it do this? It considers its own people first and asks for assistance if in need and for expertise in overcoming the problem. This will cease to be a problem if in a genuine spirit of cooperation the request for help is given. Help will be forthcoming.Seeking help in filling in my own blanks where enhancement of food is concerned, I was detained for about a half-an-hour online reading a speech given by K.Y. Amoake, the UN under Secretary-General and Executive Secretary UN Economic Commission for Africa. The purpose of this 2001 address at The Hague in the Netherlands was “to reduce poverty and to raise the dignity of humanity.” What I took away from this article were the three sub-topics: Nutrition and Survival; Production and Marketing I am using to support my claims about food.
As the words nutrition and survival are inseparable, we are inseparable from the food we eat. We can have neither without the other. Nutrition may even be superseded by survival when near death from starvation is almost inevitable. Anything that is edible becomes a form of nutrition to get a little life saving food into our systems. Nutrition with its elevated and more extensive methodology of not only giving us life-giving properties but also giving us extras along with it is not so much a necessity as it is a luxury. The more we know about it the better off we will be, and if the experts are to be believed, the healthier we will be.
Yet for all our talk about nutrition and survival and our extensive knowledge about both, there are places in the world still in lack. The theme of the article I read on line by the United Nations speaker addressed these very concerns. More children in the Sub-Saharan countries of Africa are now starving than thirty years ago. This because there are more children there now and the meager food supplies must be stretched even further.
Food production usually takes care of these problems but in countries where food production is hampered by worn out soils, and other deterrents to sustainable agriculture if survival is to become a reality for many children then help must come in from countries where their production is higher. Once maybe the soil allowed for a meager means of life but with no means of replenishing soil nutrients destroyed by too frequent use, erosion, and other ways soils become depleted of nutrients, this even is not now always possible. Add to that hostile environments where little help is close by, you do have situations in need of urgent help.
Help, then, is in the form of markets that are willing to share to invest in sharing with these less privileged people. Everyday notices come in our mailboxes asking for donations to help ward off hunger. Listen to them. Check out their claims and see where you can help. Donate to your local food pantries if you prefer helping those closer to home. However, do something to enhance your own sense of how important food really is.
Then look in the mirror and see how your well nourished face looks back at you in all its sparkle. The enhancement of your actions to help others stay live and healthy will pay in dividends and will keep marketing companies, advertisers and magazines writing about the delights of food, not only publishing and providing jobs for writers, but feeding the minds with healthful food thoughts. As an MD writing for the AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) Leslie Bauman informs us eating healthy food shows outwardly.
Her article is Inside-Out Beauty. Eat Antioxidants such as “berries, pomegranates and broccoli; get your Vitamin D from a little sun but mainly from leafy greens, fortifies eggs and milk. Your Omega-3from fortified eggs, flaxseed and flaxseed oil and your coenzymeQ10 – cancer preventative – from sardines and mackerel – and your Glucosamine from supplements. Read what she has to say on page 22 of the most recent magazine. (Sept. /Oct. 2008.)