Ever since I saw the documentary Food Inc., I have been an admirer of Michael Pollan, pictured above (The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Food Rules, In Defense of Food). He was one of the talking heads in the movie – a periodic friendly face among horrifying scenes of animal cruelty and disturbing interviews with farmers being forced to use Monsanto GM seeds or risk litigation and likely bankruptcy. It was a movie that jolted me into a new awareness. The early American family farm – with little Susie milking the cows at dawn and Billy Jr. driving Poppa’s combine across neat rows of corn is not the farm that is feeding America. Food is Big Business, fully industrialized, and profitable. I mean, everyone has to eat, right? Pollan looked right at the camera and spoke words to the effect of – If you really knew where your food came from, you wouldn’t want to eat it.
I have never forgotten those words. They are partly what led me to writing and researching articles for this blog. I recently came across this article on The New York Times Magazine website, in The Food and Drink Issue, published just yesterday (10/14/12). It is an extremely well-written article that addresses the issue of the food movement becoming a full-on political entity versus merely a social one, as it has been. Pollan coins a clever term to give this movement an identity – The Dinner Party. If California’s Prop 37 passes in November, look out Washington!