You know, sometimes I find the prompts an inspiration, at other times they are plain dotty. Give up the pleasures of the table for a bunch of chemicals? I ask you, what are those folks at WordPress thinking?
Imagine going through life without experiencing bratwurst and beer, or gelato, or bangers and mash or pizza. Pizza, mmh. Just ask your tastebuds. Half of life’s pleasure is in the eating and drinking. I could possibly give up the beer, but not scotch and soda, no ice please. Darn it, no, I occasionally drink beer in summer. There’s nothing that tastes like it during a heat wave. I can’t give up beer
What would we have to talk to each other over dinner? Please pass the blue pill? Can I have the recipe? Would we have to give up coffee? I’ve had many meaningful conversations and resolved all sorts of issues over a cuppa. I refuse to give that up. And what about all the industries that would be wiped out: there’s the flourishing food channel; fine dining, eating alfresco, fish and chips shops; the whole hospitality industry would be wiped out. The butchers, the bakers and fruit shops would close down over night.
To those vegetarians that I can see nodding their heads, pleased at the thought that the slaughter industry would also close down put a hold on that thought while you consider human nature. If there’s no use for cattle, sheep and chickens, there would be no cattle, sheep or chickens. They would have to make room for an ever expanding population. The horses might get to stay as there’s still a racing industry (remember horse drawn milk carts and horse and buggies? That’s right, most of you don’t). Every animal we chomp on today would disappear overnight.
If we’re going to be serious for a moment, perhaps I should mention the United Nation push for us all to include edible insects. They are apparently a great source of protein and unlike cattle produce less greenhouse gases. I’ve heard that some cultures, including indigenous Australians enjoy and appreciate the different tastes and textures of insects. Something that’s not often mentioned but is the elephant in the room is the expanding population versus limited resources. Perhaps there will come a day when we are going to really have to give up food for a pill. Perhaps it’s not such a dotty idea.
If you could get all the nutrition you needed in a day with a pill — no worrying about what to eat, no food preparation — would you do it?