I just read Frances Moore Lappé’s essay on the state of the food movement in the Nation. Very thought-provoking and insightful. Now to read the responses of Michael Pollan, Raj Patel, Eric Schlosser, and Vandana Shiva. As an American studying abroad in Europe, I’m loving the produce here. Eating non-GMOs this often reveals a remarkable taste difference.
Corporatism, after all, depends on our belief in the fairy tale that market “magic” (Ronald Reagan’s unforgettable term) works on its own without us.
Food can break that spell. For the food movement’s power is that it can shift our sense of self: from passive, disconnected consumers in a magical market to active, richly connected co-producers in societies we are creating—as share owners in a CSA farm or purchasers of fair-trade products or actors in public life shaping the next farm bill.
This has always been the attraction to me of the food movement. It’s one of the few things my father and I agree about, politically. It brings people together from so many different backgrounds and ideologies. We all need to eat.
h/t: The Nation (just realized they have a tumblr, LOVE IT)
Photo: Neighborhood Food Truck?