Is this the year that the food movement finally enters politics?
One of the more interesting things we will learn on Nov. 6 is whether or not there is a “food movement” in America worthy of the name — that is, an organized force in our politics capable of demanding change in the food system. People like me throw the term around loosely, partly because we sense the gathering of such a force, and partly (to be honest) to help wish it into being by sheer dint of repetition. Clearly there is growing sentiment in favor of reforming American agriculture and interest in questions about where our food comes from and how it was produced. And certainly we can see an alternative food economy rising around us: local and organic agriculture is growing far faster than the food market as a whole. But a market and a sentiment are not quite the same thing as a political movement — something capable of frightening politicians and propelling its concerns onto the national agenda.
California’s Proposition 37, which would require that genetically modified (G.M.) foods carry a label, has the potential to do just that — to change the politics of food not just in California but nationally too. Read more—follow the link
“Imagine your great-grandmother at your side as you roll down the aisles of the supermarket…there are now thousands of foodish products in the supermarket that our ancestors simply wouldn’t recognize as food.” —Michael Pollan
I just finished reading Food Rules, An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan. In Defense of Food, An Eater’s Manifesto provides the background for his latest book. Take a look at the Food Rules table of contents here.
My favorite Food Rule is number 2:
Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.