I don’t believe that Wilson is saying let’s abandon the pursuit of eating healthy food. He just wants to make sure there aren’t a bunch of Christians that are being duped by the “health-food” industry. His point in the honey article is that one jar says “natural” on it and another jar doesn’t. Neither of them were made by little robot bees. Natural has become a marketing technique that has almost no meaning. This doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t avoid certain pesticides and additives. It’s only that a large number of people are often misled by advertising and corporations and big businesses like Whole Foods knows it. Wilson says:
"Food corporations" -- so is natural and organic farming big business or not? "Factories" -- do those green and healthy-looking tortilla chips make themselves? "Pills" -- but only pills with chemicals in them are bad and those with nutrients in them are good. Glad that's settled. "Factory farming" -- when the demand for real healthy milk gets up to the gazillion-dollar-a-year level, which should be any day now, I will be really interested to visit the dairy farms that will no doubt be right there to meet this demand, and to take careful note of the ways in which such operations do not resemble factory farming. "Health food" -- a bit like one Christian saying that he attends a "Spirit-filled church," wondering what kind you attend.
These are words that are being used to obscure. Scripture requires equal weights and measures. If one side gets corporations, then so does the other. If one side doesn't get to have them, then the other side can't either.
And if I may make an important point in passing, if anyone seriously thinks that by going natural, he will be escaping the Establishment, finally getting away from "the Man" and from the clutches of the food corporations, I have a bit of bad news. The corporations are way ahead of you. There are high-powered boards sitting around half-an-acre mahogany tables on the 33rd floor of skyscrapers in New York City, and they are meeting right this minute, and they are making decisions on the marketing of the Ponderosa Pine bark chips, lightly salted. If you slice them thin enough, they approach being edible. We are long past the point where the money involved in all this caught the attention of the "food corporations." The Man knows all about you and your penchant for dinners that are synchronized with the rhythms of the earth. The Man likes your penchants, and he is there to serve them.
He closes with this:
Okay, to sum up. We are choosing (generally) between two different styles of lifestyle eating. Both involve manufactured and processed foods that have passed through factories, and they all have chemicals in them. All the factories are owned by corporations. What do we do now?I think the point is not that we cease exploring the problems with over-processed foods, and harmful additives or preservatives, but that we don’t allow ourselves to be misled by a fad. But I'm all about avoiding harmful foods. For instance, I am in the process of composing a post exposing all the harmful effects that hydrogenated oils have on our bodies. I’ve been working on this post for awhile because there are so many conclusive studies linking so many different kinds of health problems related to eating this lab oil, that I can barely wade through it all. We all know about its dramatic effect on aiding heart disease, but did you know it does immune system and reproductive damage as well? (Until you read this post, stay away from Crisco, margarine, most processed peanut butter, and most importantly McDonalds!)
I tell you that to show that even though I’m skeptical of much of the “health-food” industry, I do believe in eating healthy; we have a vegetable garden in our backyard. It doesn’t have to be an either/or: either your kids have to live on Cheetos and pop exclusively or you have to walk daily to your local mom and pop natural grocier wearing Birkenstocks and refusing deodorant in the middle of summer. But we do somehow tend to form camps and we need to make sure we are educated about what exactly we are buying into.