Automation has made it possible to produce so many objects — from bread to shoes — without the intervention of human hands (assuming that pressing a button doesn’t count). What things do you still prefer in their traditional, handmade version?
There’s something quite comforting about food that’s still homemade, from scratch. There’s more love and effort put into it, and despite it sometimes being quite rough around the edges, it usually tastes amazing. If we’re going to get specific, take something like a cake / pie (eg Apple) – the ones that you buy are commercially made and most of the time the ingredients list is so full of chemicals and preservatives and numbers, rather than the basic ingredients of butter, flour, salt, sugar, apple and cinnamon. Bang! Apple pie.
If you look at an apple pie from a supermarket, there’s a lot more in them than that, which means it’s really not that good for you – and no what we live in a society where everything we eat is mass produced and people are paying more attention to what they’re eating because, well, if it’s not raw food, then it may as well be rat poison.
But in a world where people want to get back to eating ‘natural’ or at least eating foods where they know what the ingredients are, we still have a number of problems. This is where food allergies come into play – food allergies / intolerances 30 or more years ago was practically unheard of. If you were allergic to nuts, that was about it. Now we have people who are coeliac, or lactose intolerant, or as I recently discovered, have an asthma-inducing allergic reaction to preservative 222… I always wondered why I couldn’t drink cordial!! But what is it exactly that has brought on these dietary intolerances and allergies?? Maybe it’s societal? Maybe it’s biological? Maybe it evolution?