Food, Glorious Food

Feb 02

I like food. Ok, I love food. I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a “foodie” maybe more of a “food geek.” Because of that, I think I tend to be more immersed and interested in food issues—healthy school lunches, organic vs. not, herbivore vs. carnivore vs. omnivore, and yes, which food truck is the best in DC (jury is still out on that one)—than most people. Many of these issues can incite pretty passionate discussion (especially that food truck one), with heated arguments on all sides. Food is kind of a touchy subject. It’s strikes an emotional chord. It speaks to our cultural and regional identities. In short, it’s not that simple.

Or is it?

In his inaugural column today, Mark Bittman of the New York Times penned a simple and direct, well-written summation of the food “issues” we face and what it means for us. He calls it “A Food Manifesto for the Future.” I think it’s a really nice piece that outlines clearly what the problems are, and the very core issue—what the public health implications are. Not just individual health, but environmental health and the overall health of our planet.

Because while food is wrapped up in emotional, cultural, and social ties…at the end of the day it is fuel and sustenance. It has the power to keep us healthy, it is the fuel that drives us. When you think of it that way, who wouldn’t want the best?

Read the article, and I would love to hear your thoughts in the comments.

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One Response to “Food, Glorious Food”

  1. Karen Goldstein says:

    This is a really interesting and thorough article. It hit on many of the issues I’ve been thinking and hearing about as critical to improving public health related to our food, and some new ones (the unabsorbed fertilizer fact is disturbing). Yet I can’t help but feel that the changes he suggests are not attainable, at least not in our lifetimes. This is a situation where major policy change is needed to make a real impact. And I don’t know if the political will is there.

    As a well informed and well intentioned individual, I wonder if my sporadic efforts to cook more and eat/shop locally make much of a difference. Is it a drop in the bucket, or the start of a cultural shift? What do others think?