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Unser Täglich Brot (Our Daily Bread) Oh What the Lord Might Say…

Our Daily Bread (English title) draws its title presumably from The Lord’s Prayer of the Christian Bible, and after watching it I have to ask myself–what would the Lord say about what we’re doing to our food supply? I can only conjure the oxymoron “roaring silence” to describe this completely unbiased documentary of the food production industry in Germany (probably more tame than the U.S.’). The only source of any dialogue exists in bantering and chit-chat of the laboring workers, be they in a pork slaughterhouse or deep below the Earth’s surface in a salt mine.

There is no Alec Baldwin narration, no naming of corrupt FDA traitors–simply a display of contextual truth. We, the audience, are completely encouraged to make our own conclusions on the matter. Rather than the “bread of life” that Jesus referred to in the Bible, it seems quite apparent that our modern food system revolves around a mechanized “bread of death,” with little regarded to the fact that our food was once alive. The rendering of meat, which was once very human and in perhaps an esoteric way sacred, is now enslaved to cold, stoic process–completely for the sake of yield.

As silly as it sounds I watched the perfectly-engineered, steel behemoths slaying bull after bull, pig after pig, salmon after salmon and I couldn’t stop thinking about the Terminator franchise, where humans are at war with machines. Watching the efficiency of these systems–I have to think that the war as it stands has already been lost.

If you’ve ever seen the size of a full-grown bull, seen the capriciousness of a feisty pig, or seen the majesty of a full-breadth salmon, it becomes depressing to see their lives ended so quickly, their entrails so effortlessly plucked. I see it as not only a bastardization of the entire human condition throughout history, but a blasphemy towards what this documentary may cite as divine providence.

Even the very right of reproduction is engineered with these animals. The mighty bull takes his natural mount behind the heifer only to have his essence extracted and stolen for later use–or genetic engineering. He may have even been lucky compared to the piglets, comprising one of the most graphic scenes, who are swiftly made eunuchs and left tail-less while their head clamps prevent them from protesting the matter. If only Snowball and Napoleon could see this…

Being long enough to be excruciatingly thorough (92 minutes), Our Daily Bread covers a full gamut of the industrial food chain and not just the aforementioned animals. The highly dosed and doused plant crops are shown, as are their robotic attendants. Salt mining is illustrated, olive tree harvesting demystified, and a lovely landscape scene showcases a crop duster–having its way before the combines raze the stalks in the impeding harvests.

Our Daily Bread is by no means an exciting film, nor is it necessarily invigorating as are many of the shock-value films of our current times. It is however completely honest and very thorough, making it suitable and palatable for the seasoned, food-enthusiast or the life-long factory farm diner. The verdict will of course be up for grabs.

Special thanks to Meredith Miller at Icarus Films for recommending this film for review.

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Did we forget man in nature or nature in man? Part 1

“The land! That is where our roots are. There is the basis of our physical life. The farther we get away from the land, the greater our insecurity. From the land comes everything that supports life, everything we use for the service of physical life. The land has not collapsed or shrunk in either extent or productivity. It is there waiting to honor all the labor we are willing to invest in it, and able to tide us across any local dislocation of economic conditions. No unemployment insurance can be compared to an alliance between man and a plot of land.” ~Henry Ford

I’m going to write a several part series on this concept– In my recent studies and observations of modern, westernized society, I am perplexed as to what direction the majority of people seem to be headed. People it seems and all things surrounding them seem to have been denatured, and for whatever reason, most people are okay with that.

From the simple starting point of man’s diet, we eat food that is processed beyond recognition and our thinking has been warped to deny things that have been fact for thousands of years. Take milk for instance, the majority of people in the U.S. are now convinced that it is much safer to drink pasteurized milk, even though prior to the first compulsory pasteurization law of 1908, all milk was raw. It may certainly be “safer” from a short-sighted perspective, but why then is there an incredible rise in osteoporosis, tooth decay, obesity and so many other degenerative ailments? Why then, can raw milk be used to treat lactose intolerance? Milk is a living, amazing substance. A friend put it perfectly when he told me “it’s the only thing on the planet specifically meant to exist as food.” It’s the first thing any of us ever ate; it is the original nourishment.

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When we pasteurize food, all the life is taken out and the puzzle of its completeness is broken. The remaining pieces do not meld perfectly with each other, or our existing body chemistry, and we are left with flawed results. My experiences have also lead me into other raw, probiotic substances such as kombucha, lacto-fermented sauerkraut and bee pollen. Health, has been perverted into a complicated affair for the modern men, as he forgets what was once natural. The simplest question in any dietary discrepancy is “what is the most natural state of food?” Man, being a part of nature, is meant to be nourished by exactly that. Any abstraction taken away from natural order of foods, is an industrialized effort to pump empty, harmful and false substance into a degrading and unknowing society. If you’ve ever seen Wall-E, you will have an idea of where the future may be headed.

Most of the populace is tunnel-visioned on the concept of losing weight, regardless of the method. This gives rise to all-protein diets, all-fish, all-rice, South Beach and a slew of other nonsensical diets. No one is asking, what did people eat prior to the epidemic of obesity? They ate raw natural dairy products, eggs, seasonal vegetables and meats on a sporadic basis. Chickens were for eggs, not roaster meat. A few nights ago I watched a fascinating program on FAT itself, and learned that a doctor recently discovered that the nervous system in the bowel is so complex, that it in essence functions as a secondary brain in controlling hunger, sensations and even influencing moods in the actual brain. More enticing,is that research is concluding that the popular belly band surgery does not cause weight loss by reducing the size of the actual stomach, but because to complete the surgery certain nerves in the bowel have to be cut. Hunger is eliminated through the severance of those nerves, and not the actual stomach.

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My contention in learning this is that filling the stomach, and ultimately intestine, with denatured food will by default cause an unnatural occurrence in the brain by way of unending hunger. The program stated that often the reason for retained fat is because it is the direct result of your body’s survival mechanism to fight starvation. Whether you like it or not, your body loves the ingestion of fat, and if you’re not eating enough, it is going to hang on to as much as it can. If you are ingesting raw, natural food, then your body is getting exactly what it is built to receive and will in due process give the result that it is naturally meant to deliver. In my own example, since New Years I have started taking bee pollen and (prior to having raw milk) acidophilus and with no other real change in my diet I have lost over 15lbs. at present. Beyond that, my energy levels are higher and more constant and I have much more mental clarity and physical constitution.

If you’re interested in healthier, more natural ways of living, here is a good starting place: Weston A. Price Foundation>