Going into this project, I am trying to keep as open mind as possible regarding the issue. I am coming at it from a place of being fairly ignorant, a little skeptical, and ready to learn.
But this is what I am learning. Not only does no one know how to fix the problem, no one can even seem to really agree on what The Problem actually is. It’s very easy as a person coming from white privelage to read The Omnivore’s Dilemna, and decry the vices of agribusiness. It’s also very easy to find similarly minded individuals, who have also read that book, and then stopped thinking critically. But that usually lends itself to a lack of perspective and diversity, and leads to missing often vital parts of the conversation.
For many, this is conversation about ideals, about what we need to do reform our greedy, selfish ways, about address our American obsession with convenience and cheap abundance, about how to save the planet. But issues of food are more complicated than just what we choose to eat, because it is also an issue of poverty and public health. In some situations, healthy food choices are just not an option. And for those living in that situation, these issues are not about saving the planet, its about the very immediate impact on health and money.
For an overlooked point of view on the Food Debate, and the importance of maintain diversity on all levels of the conversation, check out this article: