Artificial foods are harmful to ecological change

How can we improve our relationship with food in the age of artificial foods? In response to the crisis in our food system, we are seeing a rise in technological solutions that aim to replace animal products and other essential foods with lab-grown substitutes.

Proponents of artificial foods repeat the old, failed view that industrial agriculture is necessary to feed the world. Nutrient-rich foods are disappearing and the dominant industrial agriculture model is increasing chronic diseases and worsening climate change.

High technology "off the farm"

Synthetic food (or synthetic foods) are products that imitate natural foods in appearance, flavor and essence, and are produced through alternative methods that do not require the use of animals.

Similarly, new organisms are created from computer-generated DNA sequences, where experts isolate molecules that combine or duplicate to create a substance in a test tube.
Corporations claim that these products usually have the same nutritional value as natural foods.

The idea that experimental, high-tech "off-farm" foods are a viable solution to the food crisis is nothing more than an extension of the same mechanistic thinking that led us to our current position: the idea that we are separate and apart. of the nature.

Industrial food systems have commodified food into “things” that can then be prepared in the laboratory. In the process, the health of the planet and our own is almost destroyed.

Industrial agriculture is reinventing its future based on “fake agriculture” with “fake food,” chemicals and GMOs, surveillance drones and spyware. Agriculture without farmers, agriculture without biodiversity, agriculture without land: this is the vision of those who brought us to the brink of disaster.

That is why the synthetic meat in which the livestock giants invest is not a viable alternative. They are nothing more than additional sources of profits for the same actors and take political power away from regenerative farmers and local communities.

We cannot separate food from life

These methods deny the essential symbiotic relationship between humans, plants, animals and microorganisms and therefore deny their potential to sustain and regenerate the web of life. Food is the web of life and we cannot separate food from life. Likewise, we cannot separate ourselves from the Earth.

The solutions to our global crises already exist and include creating a culture of connection and regeneration and healing our relationships with food, nature and community.

We must recognize the connections that give us the opportunity to regenerate the Earth, our health, our food economy and our culinary culture through agriculture that truly cares for the Earth and humans.

Real food vs artificial foods

Real food is not created in a laboratory but comes from biodiverse farms that care for the earth based on regenerative agriculture.

Therefore, we must actively work to renew and revitalize the Planet, engaging in reciprocal ecological processes and restoring biodiversity.

To do this, the act of eating must once again become an ecological behavior, so that the false solutions proposed by the defenders of artificial nutrition, who do nothing against the agri-food industry that seeks profit, do not create more crises.

Bill Gate and his support for artificial foods

"I don't think the 80 poorest countries will be eating synthetic meat, but I think all rich countries should consume 100% synthetic meat. You can get used to the difference in taste and it is guaranteed that they will make it taste better over time.". 

By Dr. Vandana Shiva

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