Bread: the food par excellence.
Because we want to recover the food that has accompanied mankind through its history; sustenance for the body and soul. Heirs of a tradition thousands of years old, of a vocation that was a trade union, now we have to "bake Memory" and rediscover this culinary art of making bread at home. A mystical and energetic pleasure.
The good bread
Our bread is hard and sterile, devoid of any form of life, for which we pay a high price in terms of health and the environment. Bread today contains more chemicals than nutrition and flavor.
If we were to eat good, fresh, and healthy bread, locally baked in an artisanal way or made at home, the rate of heart diseases would decrease. The government wouldn't have to set such high taxes to cover enormous amounts of money spent on medicines and hospitals. There would be fewer depressions and greater joy in living, less traffic on the roads, and cleaner air to breathe.
Good bread should become the symbol of our society. Bread made from organic, stone-ground flour should be easily found in the neighborhood bakery. White flour bleached with dioxide is toxic.
If we want to recover the physical and mental health of the country, we must start with good bread. When we are careful about the quality of bread, we will be careful about the quality of food. When we are careful about food, we will be careful about the overall quality of life.
Making your own bread or buying it from an artisanal bakery are the two options towards individual and local community autonomy; it is reclaiming our basic right to good bread. A healthy loaf is a birthright.
Article published by Satish Kumar in "Resurgence".