The Eco-Foods Guide: Foreword/Introduction
According to the experiences of Lappe, the better food you choose for yourself, the more pleasurable eating becomes. The greatest downfall of people’s eating habits today is making the quick and easy choice of fast-food restaurants or processed foods from the supermarket. These kind of simplicities are the root cause of our nation’s greatest epidemic, obesity. The key factor in the explosive rate of obesity is the processed, sugared, salty, fatty, meat-centered diet of the majority of Americans. It is a diet unlike anything our species has encountered before. We are the only species that knowingly consumes food that will eventually result in its own destruction. Humans are able to eat a lot of sugar and fat in a single sitting; this trait served people well before agriculture, when food was needed to be stored internally after a big kill or find, but is now our bane. What we eat has a great effect on the environment as well, though most academics would have dismissed such ideas until recently. The best food for us is the food that is best for Mother Earth and people generally want to purchase the foods which are good for them as well as good for the Earth: it is only a matter of the availability and knowledge of product.