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More, and Cheaper
In his book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan wrote that the strong-arm collaboration between the federal government and agribusiness has produced a copious amount of commodity grains (like corn) that lead to an increasingly abundant of cheap calories.
In almost every manufacturing industry, technological advancement and economics force cheaper production of goods in higher quantity. This has permeated the food industry, too, for which America’s love for eating is strengthened while her waist is suffering.
Like plastic watches, cellular phones, and modular homes, food is available at greater quantity and at cheaper prices. The success of a free-market system encourages an aggressive commercial push to manufacture and sell more food.
It’s an industry that trickles from the giant corporations all the way down to the mom-and-pop restaurants, the diners, and the local coffee house on the corner. Everyone wants to sell you something to eat.
It’s smart business and you can’t blame the food industry. They’re simply taking advantage of our genetic wiring to eat when food is available. They know that if they enhance the flavors of food supranaturally, the addiction circuitry in our brain gets tripped, and we’ll come back for more. Food, it’s big money.
Access to food, thus, is nearly limitless. This alone could explain the rise in obesity.
Although there are many theories on the biological mechanisms that regulate energy balance, those mechanisms might be broken by the chronic over-stimulation by supranatural flavors, excessive intake of calories, and environmental influences on our eating psychology and behavior.
While advancement in food technology has kept much of the overpopulated world fed, they also have created an environment in which food abundance has fatten and sicken most of those in developed countries. There’s just too much food in all the wrong places — simply because these places tend to have money to spend on food.
And, because of the free-market’s creation of a ubiquitous and unnatural food environment, we must have an equally unnatural plan to keep ourselves from homogenizing into the growing statistics of obesity.
The Plan: Intermittent Fasting
So, whether or not you believe that humans are meant to eat in the style of intermittent fasting, it is still a great eating style to liberate ourselves from the grip of the food industry.
Food is everywhere, and not many of us can (or really care to) fight it all the time. Intermittent fasting allows us to relax a little, and live a little.