In the end it all comes down to choice, yes
Choice is limited, it's the system we're in.. But the more informed the people are, the more they can change it with their choices. It's hard to live healthy with the monopoly Monsanto and other agri-giants have on the industry. Makes one wish we were living in the simpler times as you say.
Both sides have their pros and cons. You had to slave off and dedicate time to prepare food before, now, it's more standarized and convenient, faster, but at the cost of making you dependent on it, and slowly dumbing your health down with the by-products of the automation process, like pesticides.
Being healthy is priceless, though, and worth the setbacks, I add.