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.