José Andres on the American food system
I ran across an interview with the chef José Andres in Departures, the luxury goods magazine. Sprinkled among the ads for things I can’t imagine ever buying is a Q and A with Andres who, in addition to running a lot of restaurants, founded World Central Kitchen to feed people hit by disasters.
Adam Sachs asked the questions. Here is the one that got my attention.
Q: If you could change one thing in the American food system, what would it be?
JA: First, we need to diversify the crops the government supports through subsidies. We need to help small farmers across America grow more fruit, more vegetables. And then put those fruits and vegetables into the school-lunch program and hire more veterans and train them to be cooks and work in those school kitchens, one rural school at a time, so that we are employing our veterans, giving our children better nutrition, which leads to better studies and a better future in the process. Right now we are investing in subsidies that go to just a few grains like corn. It’s making America unhealthy, and it’s making America less safe, because without a diversity of crops one day we will have a big problem with our food production.
The entire interview is worth a read.
I’m an Andres fan.