THE SECRET LIFE OF PLANTS by Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird is all about the interconnectedness of life. It makes some interesting observations that are listed on the back dust cover.
- Plants are the only living creatures able to produce their own food.
- Grasses are the greatest single source of wealth on earth.
- All flesh is grass--even coal and petroleum are plant life of the past.
- And lastly, in regard to the interconnectedness of things -- man, plants, earth, planets and stars --, what affects one affects them all.
Who would consider that in the vast annual growth of weeds in our backyards is actually a gold mine? And yet what would life be like without plants?
On page 246-7, the author talks about the modern process of iron rolling of wheat into flour that devitalizes it. Apparently this occurred right here in Minneapolis, which is called the Mill City, when Governor Washburn brought the Hungarian process here that became universal by 1880.
Tompkins mentions a verse from the Bible, Deuteronomy 32:14, that enjoins man to eat the fat of the kidney of wheat. The kidney is referring to the germ which contains the whole B vitamin, the staff of life.
This is not new knowledge. The ancients knew the importance of plants to life. And yet, the greed for wealth caused modern businesses to separate the husk and germ from the starchy flour. The raw starch was then injected to become "enriched" with synthetic chemicals that are only part of the missing B complex and thus indigestible by human beings because of their being "out of balance". Furthermore, the flour was bleached, removing the Vitamin E, causing the starch to swell, a boon for bakers.
An epidemic of vitamin deficiency was the result of white flour and white sugar. Also, margarine, a substitute for butter, was missing vitamins A and D.
Today, we have the option of buying better quality foods in the supermarket, but they are generally more expensive, and enriched products have still not been banned.
The Bible enjoins us to eat the finest kernals of wheat. It is a sin to remove the germ and make it "offal" for animal fodder. And yet, the profits of sin continue to dictate a diet of non-nutrition to the poor and illiterate.
Well, you can read more about this in the book mentioned. If we compromise health for wealth, then we have no one to blame but ourselves. We should encourage our food producers to make the finest kernals available to all for consumption and not just the rich! Our politicians and state workers should take our side and work for universal health by making food affordable and digestible.
A change is coming! America is waking up to the facts of life!
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