last summer i read The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan. reading through the research experiences of michael pollan changed the way i viewed food, or what our culture views as “food”, the system by which our “food” finds it way to the establishments we purchase our food from, and changed the types of food i chose to consume. i started to become a bit of a foodie, but it was the ethics of food that really drew me in. questions such as “grass fed or corn fed?” became a part of my shopping and dining experiences because I had read about the benefits for the environment and the benefits for the animals that are a part of the pasture-based grass-fed system. so i began my attempt to shop according to my new found ethics of food. i quickly found that in order to shop for the types of food i had been reading about would be a little more expensive than i was used to, and i was presented with yet another ethical situation: the class-biased approach of the foodie movement. i shopped at whole foods a couple times and althought the food was stellar, i couldn’t help but wonder if my ethics of food was worth the cost as i walked past a homeless man begging for change in order to buy his next meal.
on our way out of QFC this weekend, my girlfriend and i purchased a Real Change newspaper from one of their vendors and as i scanned the front page on the way home i came across an interview that wrestled with the very same issue and so i thought i would share. if you are still interested in this post, you should read The Locavore’s Dilemma.