In Defense of Food (Magill's Literary Annual 2009)
Since the discovery in the late twentieth century of an American “obesity epidemic,” scientists and journalists have explored the question of why the United States, one of the most prosperous and well-educated countries on the planet, should have such a difficult time providing nutritious food for its people or why its people are not making healthy food choices. Responses to this epidemic, and to the food industry that many believe fuels it, have included the international Slow Food movement, which supports small food producers whose work does not harm animals, workers, or the environment, and the so-called locavore movement, which encourages consumers to eat as much locally grown food as possible to avoid the damages caused by shipping, packaging, and mass production.
These movements have also produced dozens of books by well-known chefs, journalists, and activists exploring the question of how to eat responsibly. Barbara Kingsolver in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life (2007) and Bill McKibben in Deep Economy: The Wealth of Communities and the Durable Future (2007) describe their family’s determination to avoid industrially processed food and instead eat only food that has been produced locally by small farmers and businesses for a year or a season. Both found that eating this way was at first difficult and time-consuming, but both found new pleasures in growing and preparing food, working together as a family, and...
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