My lecture on childhood nutrition and food politics at the University of Georgia has been cancelled: Coronovirus.
Brian Lehrer asked me a question this morning that is well worth pondering.
The gist: Are the recent actions taken by food companies an indication that consumers are having an effect at the expense of science—and at the expense of focusing on more important food issues such as too much sugar, obesity, and diabetes?
He cited these recent events:
To all of them, I say it’s about time.
None of these is necessary in the food supply.
There are plenty of scientific questions about all of them, although some—antibiotics, for example—are more troubling than others.
If voting with your fork can achieve these results, they pave the way for taking on the much more difficult issues.
These are big steps forward. They matter.
They should inspire other companies to do the same.