Clark Wolf is the host and organizer. The panel—on food and politics—includes me, talking about my memoir, Slow Cooked, An Unexpected Life in Food Politics; Chloe Sorvino, author of Raw Deal: Hidden Corruption, Corporate Greed, and the Fight for the Future of Meat; Alex Prud’homme, author of Dinner With The President: Food, Politics and the History of Breaking Bread at the White House; and Tanya Holland, author of Tanya Holland’s California Soul. Free, but register here. It starts at 5:00 p.m. and lasts one hour.
Is the food movement winning?
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:
- Tyson’s says it will phase out human antibiotics in broiler production.
- McDonald’s says it will source chicken that has not been treated with antibiotics.
- PepsiCo says it is taking aspartame out of its diet sodas (it’s the #1 reason given for not drinking diet cola).
- Chipotle says it will source GMO-free ingredients.
- Nestlé says it is removing artificial colors from its chocolate candy.
- Kraft says it is taking the yellow dyes out of its Mac n’ Cheese.
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.