“In the opening paragraphs of his classic Soil and Civilization, Edwards Hyams decries how modern misapplication of science has caused humans to ‘begin working across or against the grain of life.’ Hyams notes how science, when it becomes master rather than servant, displaces the age-old natural wisdom that has maintained the ‘integrity of life.’ Without that integrity, humans begin to lose contact with the ‘poet,’ which Hyams describes as the instinctive understanding of wholeness that has nurtured their well-being through the centuries.
“Such change is abundantly evident in our modern American diet. The business of food science is in conflict with the poetry of human nourishment. Store shelves are filled with products that keep seemingly forever….
“Food preservation techniques can be divided into two categories: the modern scientific methods that remove the life from food, and the natural ‘poetic’ methods that maintain or enhance the life in food.”
Long live lactic fermentation.
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