The purpose of the Farmarian Research Hub is to investigate and present summaries on the health effects of industrial food ingredients.
Among industrial ingredients, we include the following: industrial seed oils (soybean, Canola, corn, etc.), sugar, industrial varieties of grains, GMOs (which are modified for the purpose of industrial production), and much else (including, perhaps, salt). Any agricultural product that has been created specifically for production with or by industrial techniques is an industrial ingredient.
Our motivation is straightforward. When we say our byline is, “Farms. Not factories.”, the “factory” part refers to industrial ingredients, and to foods made with industrial ingredients.
Now: from an historical and epidemiological point of view, the industrialization of the food system is the major cause of the modern epidemics of obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and certain kinds of cancers.1
Yet: although the eating of any industrial food is rejected by the Farmarian philosophy,2 at the same time, we understand that not everyone shares our views. While we do not need conclusive science on the specific biochemistry and molecular biology of each industrial food to know that it is best avoided, others may have a less radical standpoint, and be interested in the specific scientific research on each industrial food ingredient. This part of the website is for them. Specifically, we hope to distill the research to its most basic conclusions. In fact, our ambition is to do so to a degree that has not yet been accomplished by anyone else.
It is our hope that the large quantity of evidence implicating industrial ingredients in disease will convert skeptics. However, despite our commitment to the Farmarian philosophy, we ourselves are even more committed to being swayed by the data when it contradicts our beliefs. This means that, while our goal is to persuade others, another purpose of this section of the website is to learn something, and perhaps change fundamentally, ourselves. Accordingly, we expect that these interpretations of the research will not only succeed in communicating simply, but also be exceptionally rigorous and objective.
A caveat to our approach. We will only be discussing clinical research done in humans. For the time being, we are only interested in interpreting and summarizing the most directly relevant research.
We hope you will enjoy.
- 280206 N2D496IF items 1 apa default ASCpp. 10-11. For excerpt, click here. ↩
This however is not a moral system; we eat industrial food when “real food” is not available; but we believe that real food, and not industrial food, should always be available. In this sense, the Farmarian philosophy is, unlike most “diets,” not primarily a moral philosophy, the end being “health”—but a political philosophy, the end extending much further than (but including) health, to something closer to approaching “good living.” Incidentally, although the Farmarian philosophy does not pursue health strictly speaking (much less in any sense where “eating healthy” is associated with some kind of moral uprightness), we nonetheless believe that the Farmarian philosophy is the most healthy long-term eating strategy. The reason for this is that the Farmarian philosophy is based on food affirmation, food intuition, and food enjoyment, in contrast to the restrictive, rationalistic philosophies that underlie virtually all diets. ↩