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President’s Message

 

Our dear friend Natasha Campbell-McBride recently shared with me a document published by Sainsbury’s, the U.K. grocery store chain, entitled “The Future of Food.”

Looking into the future, Sainsbury’s foresees stir-fried moringa leaves, root vegetable soups containing seaweed and hemp seeds, bread made with a “dash of lichen,” mushroom-based products (genetically modified to contain vitamins D and B12), algae milk, jellyfish chips, kelp burgers, seaweed caviar, insects and lab-grown meat—nothing sounding remotely appetizing but certainly “whetting investor appetite.” Glowing descriptions of new “exotic” foods are wrapped in the familiar buzzwords of “sustainability” and “climate friendly.” In this issue’s Caustic Commentary, I describe other investor pipe dreams, such as 3D printed steak, lab-produced fats and “animal-free whey protein” for use in infant formula.

According to Sainsbury’s, these fake foods will help restore the environment and reverse desertification. Yet there is not a single mention of managed livestock grazing, a proven method for restoring depleted land and bringing fertility to marginal acres. Instead we will have to forego meat because there will not be enough land to produce meat for a growing population—especially after half the earth’s surface is “rewilded,” as Sainsbury’s envisages.

Part of the push for these awful-sounding “foods” is “taking steps to persuade citizens to change their eating habits.” Getting the unwary to adopt vegetarianism is a large part of the plan; the future of food will “involve a radical shift from perceiving meat as innate to animals to perceiving cultured meat as a healthy and efficient protein tissue that is lab-grown, much in the same way we would brew beer.” In the final vision, people will not need to eat at all. “Personal microchips and neural laces” will support “transdermal nutrient delivery systems” that will provide vitamins and other micronutrients via a personalized nutrition patch—the occasional allotment of real food reserved for special events like birthdays and weddings. The only problem is that with this kind of diet, there will be no weddings and no birthdays.

Of course, none of this will happen because those who survive into the future, those who have healthy children, will be those who nourish themselves on old-fashioned foods like grass-fed meat and eggs, raw milk, organ meats, sourdough bread made with ancient grains, bone broth and sauerkraut. This is the kind of food we will be serving at Wise Traditions 2024, October 25-27 in Orlando, Florida. See page 6 (wisetradtions.org) for details!

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