Humanity has created countless technological marvels. Today we can do things that couldn’t have even been imagined in the past. We have entered a new era with new possibilities, but with it have come new problems -- yet the solutions are often right under our noses. We have risen above all other lifeforms on the planet -- yet we’ve unwittingly placed ourselves on a shaky foundation. Technology encourages our bad habits, making both ourselves and our planet sick. Our food isn’t even really food anymore; it’s junk designed to maximize profits. The solution is there. We need to get back in touch with nature -- can you dig it?

From the beginning of history, mankind has always used his intellect to elevate himself above the brute. Our every breakthrough has lifted us closer to the heavens; we’ve always found a way to transcend the restrictions imposed by Nature. But our ambition is greater still -- just how far can we ascend? A few decades ago, we were faced with yet another of Nature’s limitations. We loved the refined sugar we extracted from cane and beets, yet still craved more. Corn was cheaper and more abundant. There had to be ways to extract its sweet fructose. Sure enough, there was. Yet again, a new technology emerged and our goal accomplished. Perfect, in accordance to our designs, but an abomination of Nature. High-fructose corn syrup was now in everything, and soon everyone was getting fat and sick. The profits made by the food companies, and what the rest of us saved with the cost of food, paled in comparison to the skyrocketing medical costs and the cost of human life.

Flavor is a lost art. People often ask, “If Nature were perfect, wouldn’t she make broccoli taste better than a donut?” This sentiment is flawed because we have gone so far away from our original point. We give our kids fast food and candy because, in the short term, it makes them happy. We want to make them happy because we love our children. Our desire to make our children happy used to help us nourish them with vibrant foods. But, now that desire is at odds with a growing and complicated world that provides less options. What were previously deep and satisfying textures and flavors have become mute and inert. We now crave the addictive and intense gratifications because the subtle doesn’t jolt us to life, but slowly replenishes without destroying our inner vitality. Refined sugar didn’t always exist; the closest thing we had was honey, and that was protected by bees. Salt used to be such a precious resource that the Romans paid their soldiers with it - ever hear the phrase “worth your salt”? Fat was mainly found in animals, which we had to hunt -- hunts were inherently dangerous endeavors. These were tastes that led us to once-rare nutrients that nature was ensuring we would get enough of. Today, we eat twice as much fat, three times as much salt, and a hundred times as much sugar. Nature’s design isn’t faulty. It designed our taste buds to be carefully calibrated to our environment and nutritional needs.

Nature’s profound genius is in its balance. It restores life. Every day people find themselves walking through our doors because they’re caught up in the madness. Of life. Work. Family. Money. Everything. Just trying to keep up. They don’t need any secrets. Just a little bit of sanity. Careful diet. Simple and effective exercise. The antidote is in nature: the source of life. But, this is lost on us. Instead of marveling, we ask, “What if we could make it even better? Bigger, grow faster, taste sweeter, resist pests?” In the end, we wind up not only destroying nature’s perfect systems, we make ourselves sicker. A berry is sweet, but packaged with fiber -- the natural antidote to sugar. A donut is sweet, but packaged with fat -- a deadly combination. Nature’s designs maximize life. Our designs maximize greed. To make our lives practical, less complicated, we need to be in lockstep with Nature, not allowing our monkey mind to carry our health away along with our sanity.

There are a lot more souls on this planet now than before. Providing for them all is a big job. We’ve attempted to solve these problems in different ways. Factory farms is an example of one of these initiatives. We initially thought it would be more efficient and cost less to produce animals on a massive scale. It has had the opposite effect. Nature has always given life everything it’s needed to thrive. Its bounties were always replenished, if sacred reverence were observed like our ancestors. Nature’s perfect balance and order provided us with endless cycles of production. There was a time when salmon were in such abundance in North America that the first settlers spoke of practically being able to walk across the ocean on the backs of the fish. Today, wild salmon are vanishing. Fish farms are a perfect breeding ground for parasites and disease. In nature, sick fish fall behind to the edge of their schools to be picked off by predators. Our farms have no such balance. We’ve spent billions trying to bring back the salmon with our own designs -- to no avail. Yet, in all the rivers without farms, the salmon still thrive. Greater production comes at a steep cost -- which none predict, but are clear for all to see after the fact.

We live in a society driven by consumption, and populated by consumers. Where we once turned to the flora and fauna to provide us sustenance, we then had local marketplaces whose wares were dictated by local and seasonal availability. And where those once stood, we now have supermarkets, whose wares are dictated solely by consumer demand irrespective of the season or region. More and more, we fell out of sync with the natural cycles. Nature has an incredible power of renewal and ability to sustain life -- this pale blue dot has harbored life for billions of years. Our technology has disrupted Nature’s replenishing cycles, but this is because we’ve simply been moving blindly against Nature’s current. We can control our destiny with the little choices we make every day. The food companies have only sought to satisfy consumer demand dictated by our choices. We must refuse to participate in the present cycle to give birth to a new one in alignment with Nature’s design. Their choices then have to come in alignment with ours. Any change requires first courage to look painfully at the damage we’ve done to ourselves. The next step is inspiration to make that change. If we can help educate one another on this issue we’ve taken a first but critical step. With every little decision, we can veer closer to Nature rather than away from it. Collectively, we can bring ourselves in harmony with our Earth. Help share this message.