"If we are to discuss the morality of food, foremost in our minds must be the ability of people (especially the poor) to eat. Whatever else the modern food elite may say--their push for soda and Twinkie taxes, their promotion of local foods, their attempts to regulate processed and fast food, their aversion to biotechnology--their actions make it harder for the poor to meet the most basic necessity of fending off starvation." -- page 37
Just in case you haven't noticed "progressives" are on roll. Barack Obama's grand plan to "fundamentally transform America" is well underway to the point where I no longer recognize the country that I grew up in. On a whole host of monumentally important issues such as immigration, education, health care, gun control, land use and same-sex marriage "progressives" have been successfully and incrementally implementing their radical agenda. Now people like New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other left-wing ideologues want to dictate to the great unwashed exactly what we should grow, cook and eat. Jayson Lusk believes that these elitists are dead wrong and dangerous. He has methodically laid out his rebuttal in the compelling new book "The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto About the Politics of Your Plate". Lusk points out in no uncertain terms that the dubious polices being peddled by certain pointy-headed professors, left-wing politicians, government bureaucrats and their willing accomplices in the mainstream media threaten our continued ability to produce high quality food at a price that most people can afford. After reading "The Food Police" you will understand why the author believes these people must be stopped dead in their tracks and sooner rather than later.
The fact of the matter is that Americans are eating better today than at any other time in our history. Consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables has increased dramatically since the 1970's and there are a lot more choices available to us. We are certainly living longer and in recent years we have achieved this abundance using fewer and safer pesticides. According to Jayson Lusk much of this progress can be attributed to genetically-modified crops which hold much promise for alleviating starvation in impoverished regions of Africa. Yet "progressive" organizations such as Greenpeace, Food First, and the Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements have fought tooth and nail to keep biotechnology out of Africa. Go figure. Once again, ideology trumps common sense. Lutz also presents reams of compelling evidence to show that organically grown produce is simply not all it is cracked up to be. Organically grown produce is considerably more expensive and the evidence clearly indicates that it is not any healthier than the commercially grown variety. There is definitely a market for these products but research has shown that most folks are very reluctant to pay the higher costs involved on a regular basis. The fact of the matter is that less than 1% of all U.S. cropland is organic. Likewise, you will also discover the inherent flaws of the "buy local" campaign that is constantly being touted by our friends on the Left.
The tug-of-war over the future of our food supply is far from over. Little by little the "progressives" are getting their way. According to Mayor Bloomberg "Governments at all levels must make healthy solutions the default social option. That is ultimately government's highest duty." This is what we are up against folks. It is imperative that the American people educate themselves about these issues and begin to stand up for themselves. I don't know about you but I do not wish to live in a land where you are forced to eat cottage cheese and lettuce for lunch. It is pretty laughable that all of those "pro-choice" elitists want to severely limit what you and I are allowed to eat and drink. After all, it is for our own good. Meanwhile, you can bet your bottom dollar that these folks will exempt themselves from any of the rules and regulations that they decide to impose on the rest of us. In my view, reading "The Food Police: A Well-Fed Manifesto About the Politics of Your Plate" would be a great way to get up to speed on these very important issues. Jayson Lusk has come up with a very timely, thoughtful and well written book. Buy it, read it and pass it on. Highly recommended.
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A rollicking indictment of the liberal elite's hypocrisy when it comes to food.
Ban trans-fats? Outlaw Happy Meals? Tax Twinkies? What's next? Affirmative action for cows? A catastrophe is looming. Farmers are raping the land and torturing animals. Food is riddled with deadly pesticides, hormones and foreign DNA. Corporate farms are wallowing in government subsidies. Meat packers and fast food restaurants are exploiting workers and tainting the food supply. And Paula Deen has diabetes! Something must be done. So says an emerging elite in this country who think they know exactly what we should grow, cook and eat. They are the food police. Taking on the commandments and condescension the likes of Michael Pollan, Alice Waters, and Mark Bittman, The Food Police casts long overdue skepticism on fascist food snobbery, debunking the myths propagated by the food elite. You'll learn: - Organic food is not necessarily healthier or tastier (and is certainly more expensive). - Genetically modified foods haven't sickened a single person but they have made farmers more profitable and they do hold the promise of feeding impoverished Africans. - Farm policies aren't making us fat. - Voguish locavorism is not greener or better for the economy. - Fat taxes won't slim our waists and "fixing" school lunch programs won't make our kids any smarter. - Why the food police hypocritically believe an iPad is a technological marvel but food technology is an ...