Sunday, May 23, 2010

Michael Pollan chronicles "food movement"

Looking forward to reading this (from a Grist column by Bonnie Azab Powell):

In what is ostensibly a five-book review for the June 10 New York Review of Books, journalist Michael Pollan has an epic essay charting the emergence and character of the food movement. Or, as he puts it, "movements." They are unified, for now at least, by little more than the recognition that industrial food production is in need of reform, "because its social/environmental/public health/animal welfare/gastronomic costs are too high." (Pollan, of course, has been indispensable to the rise of this movement, even though he omits his 2006 best-seller, The Omnivore's Dilemma, from his list of its catalysts -- among them Eric Schlosser's Fast Food Nation and Marion Nestle's Food Politics.)


bigfrank said...

Seems you as a party man who stands lock step is on the wrong side of your party? Your parties boss and his little FDA seems to be pumping out the war words.
Such as "Americans do not have a fundamental right to grow their own food, to sell it as they see fit, or to engage in contractual agreements with other citizens in forming food coops." or "There is no ‘deeply rooted’ historical tradition of unfettered access to foods of all kinds." Even "“Plaintiffs’ assertion of a ‘fundamental right to their own bodily and physical health, which includes what foods they do and do not choose to consume for themselves and their families’ is similarly unavailing because plaintiffs do not have a fundamental right to obtain any food they wish.'And then it comes down to this from the FDA "Americans do not have a fundamental right to enter into private contractual agreements with one another"
Wow I guess I failed to see that in the constitution. But then again the parties have just used it as poop paper for the past 160 years anyway.
I wonder if the FDA is going to go after Michelle Obama little dog and pony show garden or if they are enlighten enough to be able to eat what they grow?
Might want to check out these links

No thank you. The government destroys EVERYTHING it touches and now it is wanting to strangle the people who it rules over.

Michael Shay said...

It's a big country and a huge government and Dems and Repubs and Indies and Libertarians all have differing points of view. But I think that this issue could unite us in a common cause.

As is true with all of us who want to localize the food supply, I have no direct line to the FDA or Monsanto or even Michelle Obama. I'm working to make this an issue locally, both within the community and within the Laramie County Democrats. I'm growing some of my own food and buying locally when I can. And I'm being vocal on the local food issue, as you are.