Thursday, September 24, 2009

Food For Thought...

The way we grow, process and eat our food in this world has come under fire recently in the not-so-mainstream media. Many are advocating a better field-to-plate than what we currently have, and I for one would agree that we could do better. A clip comes to mind from the trailer for "Food Inc." in which a chicken farmer makes a comment regarding the development time of his chickens. He asks the question that if you can have a chicken that grows in 49 days (hormone fed I assume) why would you want one that grows in 3 months (natural growth rate). Has capitalism gone to far? I would actually ask this question of many things... Wall Street, Health Care, etc.

Regardless of how you feel about the field-to-plate process, I do question the way such subjects are now being debated. Well... maybe debated is the wrong word in this case. It seems that a University in Madison, WI has taken the matter into its own hands. They have distributed a book too all students and faculty, and have urged the faculty to use and reference the book throughout the semester... and they have done it free of charge. The book is titled "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan. While I am sure Pollan makes some good arguments, as does the film (and book) "Food Inc.", I still must question why a University would feel the need to distribute such literature to all its students and faculty. If this is not a case of indoctrination, then what exactly is it? Tell me what you think?

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