During the past 2-3 years, the importance of real food and real farming—the source of real food—has come home to me with genuine impact. Both theoretically and practically. Here’s a little bit of how that happened.
At the outset of my journey, I was enduring, as an assumed inevitability of being middle aged:
- excess weight (15-stone and then some)
- post-lunch drowsiness
- irritability, sometimes severe
- anxiety and bouts of depression
- lack of fitness
- lack of vitality
- poor sleeping patterns.
Three years later, every aspect on that list has changed.
- lost 20%+ of my weight (now 12 stone)
- no drowsiness
- irritability under control (ask my wife!)
- anxious, depressive bouts practically eradicated
- indigestion rare to non-existent
- fitter than any time in last thirty years (climbing mountains for fun!)
- increasingly engaged and ambitious
- sleeping better than ever.
And: I no longer feel middle-aged!
The journey from there to here has at its core, a completely fresh approach to lifestyle and dietary nutrition, in particular. As I’ve committed myself, along with my family, to eating only real food, I and we have witnessed numerous health benefits and improvements and I enjoy food in a way that never did before in my life.
Sourcing real food led to recognising the importance of real farming or enlightened agriculture—a really helpful term, I feel. This, in turn, led to discovering the renaissance of civil society quietly taking place, in connection with our “common wealth”—wealth that belongs to all—in particular, land, labour and capital—yet which is increasingly being ruthlessly exploited by commercial activity and institutions that have effectively taken hostage significant elements of the state, in the name of economic advancement.
Amidst all of this discovery I not only recovered health and vitality, I also discerned a fresh calling to invest myself in this sector. This led to becoming involved with Banc Organics, a not-for-profit community supported food scheme which grows organic vegetables and fruit in Bancffosfelen and distributes them in the Gwendraeth valleys and beyond, including the towns of Carmarthen and Llanelli. We currently coordinate the Llanelli delivery hub. I am presently involved in launching the Llanelli Food Assembly.