Gluten is one of the princes of hell also. Even if you don’t have celiac disease. It’s just plain wrong. Apparently.
This and many other revelations were revealed this week at the National Heirloom Exposition held in Santa Rosa, California. Billed as the “World’s Pure Food Fair” it is a three day festival of great tomatoes, mounds of squash, and large servings of bio-bullshit.
It is a pleasure to admire the large variety of heirloom tomatoes or, as we used to call them, tomatoes.
Squash are fabulous too. Although without flavorings such as butter, salt or sugar, the majority of squash are about as tasty as a tampon.
Much of the modern day organic food production movement is right and bright. Permaculture is cool. Bio-dynamics are …um…dynamic, and good pesticide and hormone free food is essential. It is not new. Before the second world war, it was called husbandry or farming. And while organic-ism is generally a good thing, a lot of it has been co-opted by clever marketers and hucksters promoting pseudo-science and gluten free snake-oil.
It is easy to poke fun at the earnestness and eco-righteousness of some of the exhibitors.