New food

Colin Austin 1 May 2019 © Creative commons this document my be duplicated and circulated but the source should be acknowledged

The essence


The food we eat determines our health.
 
fh1.jpgWe need to learn what food will make us healthy using the tools of science and epidemiological studies but we must also consider evolution.

We are intrinsically omnivores eating a wide range of foods. Extreme diets whether vegan or carnivore are not part of our evolution and there insufficient scientific evidence to say they are healthy long term.
 
fh2.jpgWhat we do know for sure is that for hundred of thousands of years the bulk of humanity prospered on a varied diet with rare exceptions eating an extreme diet.

With our modern food system we are now adopting an extreme diet high in sugar and fats and is dominated by multi-national corporations which spend billions of dollars in promotion to convince us that these diets are healthy.

There is nothing intrinsically wrong with sugars and fats - they are our primary source of energy but there needs to be a balance in our diet to provide the essential trace minerals and complex phytonutrients which are essential for health.
 
nf3.jpgWe also need to avoid toxic chemicals which can damage our gut biota which is a critical part of our control system managing appetite and supporting our immune system. We now have the technology of growing plants to provide these essential nutrients which come largely from plants.
 
gb4.jpgGBiota beds is a system where a mineral enriched compost tea provides nutrients to the root system on a flood and drain system to provide nutrients and beneficial biolgy to the plants. Baby green grown in a Gbiota bed can be regularly harvested to provide on an going supply of healthy vegetables at a reasonable production cost however not as cheaply as the farm gate costs of the chemical industrial system.
 
fh4.jpg Growers only receive a small part of the pie. The marketing and distribution cost of industrialised agriculture can exceed 80% of the retail price. A system where consumers can buy directly from the grower allows them to access the food which will make them healthy at a reasonable price.
 
fh5.jpgIt is not suggested that peoples should eat this vegetable diet as their main source of food - this would be just as extreme as the high sugar and fat diet and people would end up as broom sticks racing to the toilet every twenty minutes.

I proposes a system where volunteers concerned about the current health crisis can help set up a system where they can buy - for a reasonable price - food which will make them healthy.
 
fh6.jpgThe need to form groups to create a form of buying coop so they can buy food directly from the grower who will be asked to adopt regenerative biological growing systems to produce food of the required quality. This breaks the catch22 of the growers not wanting to invest without a secure market and individual buyers not having he market clout to persuade the growers to adopt biological growing.

 


I proposes a system where volunteers concerned about the current health crisis can help set up a system
where they can buy - for a reasonable price - food which will make them healthy. The need to form groups to
create a form of buying coop so they can buy food directly from the grower who will be asked to adopt
regenerative biological growing systems to produce food of the required quality.

This breaks the catch22 of the growers not wanting to invest without a secure market and individual buyers
not having he market clout to persuade the growers to adopt biological growing.


Our modern chronic health crisis


Almost everyone is aware that we are in the midst of a chronic health crisis which is the result of our current
food system which provides food high in sugars and fats and low in trace minerals and phytonutrients. I and
countless other people have written about this at length. (www.waterright.com.au/library). On the TV, in the papers,
numerous books and an almost infinite number of web pages people are talking about the health crisis
sparked by unhealthy food.

We are all talking about the problem - what we are not talking about is how to fix it and maybe the solution is
not that difficult. Here I put forward my solution - will it work? I simply don't know but I do know that it
depends on how people react and act to this solution and that depends on you.

Not a technical problem


It is not a technical problem - I and countless other researchers have been studying how to grow food that
makes us healthy.

I have spent many years, and a significant amount of money, experimenting with growing system that
produce food which will make us healthy. I have a long track record of successful innovations (and an even
longer ones that failed but that is an innovators life - we just don't talk about our failures).

But I can honestly tell you that my development of the Gbiota bed is probably the innovation I am most
proud of - there is absolutely no doubt - it really works - producing food full of nutrients and biology - from
what is essentially waste, waste organics and volcanic quarry dust for minerals. It is highly productive - even
a small area produces a lot of food, it is very efficient in water use and is highly automated.

There are a few areas we could improve, harvesting is still largely manual and I am sure there are many
plants which are highly beneficial for health we could be growing which we have yet to trial, but right here
and now we have a highly effective and economic growing system for produce plants which will make people
healthy.

But before we all burst into cheers let me say that it is not enough - we have to get the food into the mouths
of the millions - or rather billions of people who's health is at stake.

And that is the real challenge we all face.

That dreaded word money

 
fh7.jpg If you are Lord of the Manor with a bevy of servants and gardeners and a large country estate with streams and lakes you don't need Gbtioa beds.

We talk about somethings being unalienable rights - air, water, freedom. I am not sure how many peoplewould agree with putting food that makes us healthy on that list but I certainly argue that as an intelligent creature which it proud of our humanity then we should make all efforts to make healthy food affordable for
all.

The simple fact is that our current chemical industrial agriculture is - in the short term - the cheapest way of
producing food. I have tried as hard as I can to make the Gbiota system as cheap as piling on tons of
chemical fertilisers and toxic chemicals to keep the weeds and insects under control. It comes close but in
the short term the chemical approach is still cheaper.

True it is making millions of people sick and even killing them, it is destroying the soil for future generations
but in our capitalistic economic system they are classified as externalities meaning that the food industry
does not pay for these external costs.
 
fh8.jpg If they did have to pay for the hospital costs of having your leg chopped off we would have a very different food industry.

But to me these costs are not externalities, ensuring people eat healthy and don't need to have their legs chopped off and ensuring we we will have some viable soil left in fifty years is what the Gbiota project is all about. Every thirty seconds some diabetic has their leg chopped off. That's why we need to act.

So I have to accept that the on farm costs of the Gbiota beds will never be able to replace the chemical industrial farming based on the on farm price.

But that is missing the key point. The typical farmer receives 15 to 20% of retail price - which means that 80% of the retail cost is getting the food from the farm gate to the super market shelves. We simply need a better way of getting food from the grower to our tables.
 

Advertising budgets


Ten years ago I would have said this was impossible - we just have to leave that to the mega corporations
which dominate the food industry. There multi billion advertising budgets allow them to promote candy bars,
as a health food when they clearly are the exact opposite.

But let us look at this a bit closer. Sugar is not the simple demon it is often made out to be - it is our primary
energy source. It is about as logical as saying that the gasoline we put in our car as fuel is bad. But putting
more fuel in our car will not make it go faster.

It may take say 5gms of sugar for us to jump over a one metre hurdle. If we eat 10gms it does not mean we
can jump over a 2 metre hurdle or eating 20gms a four metre hurdle (unless we are a comic book hero).

So that bar of candy loaded with sugar and with a sprinkling of nuts on top and sold as a health food is not
healthy at all.

The adverts that try and convince us they are a genuinely very clever pieces of marketing and cost a fortune.
They cost a fortune because they are trying to tell us something which is just untrue. From our first spoonful
of cereal in the morning we are shovelling sugar into our bodies, its in our biscuits - which we expect but it is
in our bread and a bunch of other foods we would not normally expect to find sugar
.
The last thing we need is yet more sugar.

The internet has changed the world


But the internet has changed the way the worlds works. There are a lots of bad things about the internet,
fake news, misinformation, Cyber bullying, but there are some very good things particularly the way it brings
power to the people. And we can harness that people power to let everyone who wants to have access to
food that will make them healthy at a reasonable price.

It is a jigsaw puzzle and I have put many of the pieces together but a I can't finish it off myself - that needs
community action.

Lets look at the pieces of the jog saw which are finished.

The Gbiota system is a modernised version of traditional agriculture which grows food in biologically nutrient
rich soil. It is highly productive and efficient, can be totally automated so production cost are reasonable.

Any grower - with the right incentives - could install this system on their property and grow food of the
needed quality at a reasonable price.

This information is available free of charge on my web to basically anyone who want to use the technology.
Already there are many Gbiota growers successfully using the system but these are largely home growers.

Although extremely welcome they can only make a small impact on the billions of people who are essentially
being poisoned by bad food - we need the commercial grower - particularly small local growers to become
involved.

I am creating the www.pickandeat.shop web site as a step in the chain enabling growers to show what food
he has or is willing to grow and customers to buy directly from the grower with no middle men so eliminating
the dominant cost of modern food.

But there are still bits missing before people can enjoy the benefits of food that will make them healthy?

First we have to recognise the scale of the problem which it truly global, the chemical industrial agricultural
system reaches across the globe and often it is the poorer countries which suffer most. India and Africa are
two continents where the poorest people have been the hardest hit, the damage to small local farmers in
India is a global shame on humanity.

Any solution must be truly global.

 
fh9.jpgNext is the catch 22, I know many growers who totally believe in regenerative agriculture - they fully
understand that the chemicals are destroying the biological life in their soils and fear how the world is going
to feed itself as we destroy our top soil - year in year out.

But how can they think about the future when they are struggling to make a living today and there is no sure
revenue from biological growing?

There are millions if not billions of people, but isolated people, around the world who fully understand the
dangers of chemical industrial agriculture but as isolated individuals there is nothing they can do to change
the status quo.

On the other side of the farm gate a financially pressed grower is not going to the expense of changing from
chemical industrial growing to biological growing on the basis of one individual - he needs to see the demand
pull from a substantial group of potential customers.

Forming active local groups


So in the age of the internet what is the solution? The answer is simple - those people who understand the
need to change our food system need to form active local groups.

I formed the Gbiota club some years ago and now we have members all over the world - but this global club
is for sharing technology not for organising local food production.

We need local Gbiota clubs which will be run by a group of local people who want to eat food which will
make them healthy.

Now let me be honest - I cannot organise this. I certainly committed full time to developing the Gbiota
system to help reverse my wife's diabetes but I cannot do this globally. But I feel that in every town and city
across the globe there must be someone who says we need to change our food system and I am going to
volunteer my time and energy to making this happen.

So what does this noble volunteer have to do in the internet age?

First is to from a group of like minded people, these may be just friends, may be members of a diabetes self
support group, or gym or who a regular customers at a health food shop or restaurant or maybe they set up
a page on social media to seek out like minded people.

Having formed a group the next step is to locate like minded growers and commit to buying their produce if
they make the switch to biological growing. I have no doubt there are many growers anxious to make the
change.

I can come into play when the growers need technical support on setting up the biological farming systems,
my web is full of information and I regularly advice growers on how to set up their beds.

Transport


Once we have established relations with willing growers and giving them the technical support the finishing
line is in sight - but we do need to sort out the logistics of getting food from the farm gate to the kitchen table.

The ideal way of resolving this is to set up or find a transport operation where someone goes around the
local farms collecting the produce then delivers it the same day to the local homes.

Failing that a food hub can be established where the food is delivered to the hub for people to collect.

Why bother


Essentially we are talking about setting up an alternative food system. Many people are perfectly happy to
go to the local super market and buy the food of the shelf. I have written multiple articles on the danger of
this type of food - how modern vegetables contain glyphosate which will damage their gut bacteria and cause
major health problems and they just don't want to know.

But there are people who do care about their (and other peoples) health and are looking for an alternative
food system.

On a global scale this is a major social change - what is the driving force to make this change. For me there
are several factors. For years I have been concerned about the environmental damage occurring to our
water and soil system my modern agriculture.

But I became seriously focused when my wife became diabetic, started to loose her sight and consequently
breaking multiple bones in her foot. After a successful operation her food started to turn black and the
doctors started talking about amputation.

In Australia every twenty minutes someone has a limb amputated from diabetes, on a global scale this would
mean every thirty second someone looses a limb.

I like my wife's legs and want her to keep them - while she was able to reverse her diabetes by changing her
diet there are millions of legs waiting to be chopped off. Hopefully that is enough motivation for people to act
to bring about the change.

But there is a further motivation. The current health crisis is the result of our modern food system which is
dominated by giant multi national corporation who seem able to operate above the law of the National
Governments in which they trade. They systems are the primary cause of the current health crisis but why
do they do this?

It is not for the benefit of the public, the farmers or the thousands of people that work for these companies.

The benefits go to a handful of top executive and their financial backers. It is just fundamentally wrong that a
handful of very rich people should be receiving extraordinarily large amounts of yet more money by
damaging the health of the global population and destroying the essential means of further food production -
our soil.

Hopefully other people feel motivated by these wrongs and even if not at least there are enough people to be
motivated by pure self interest to make the effort to create the system where they can eat food that will make
them healthy.

Please contact me to discuss email colinaustin@bigpond.com