Sunday, May 30, 2010

Food Movements

Americans spend a smaller percentage of their income on food than any people in history—slightly less than 10 percent—and a smaller amount of their time preparing it: a mere thirty-one minutes a day on average, including clean-up. The supermarkets brim with produce summoned from every corner of the globe... demanding nothing more of the eater than opening the package and waiting for the microwave... The advent of fast food (and cheap food in general) has, in effect, subsidized the decline of family incomes in America.

The Food Movement is an interesting write up about how the once splintered "food movements" are coalescing around the recognition that today’s food and farming economy is “unsustainable”.
These trends in food consumption present an interesting intersection where the liberal notion of simply consuming different is rightfully displaced by the knowledge that production is what must change. That shifts the emphasis on systemic change and not on personal "responsibility/blame."


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