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Correcting our runaway food system is a sign of progress

We have a runaway food system that is contributing to problems from obesity to environmental pollution and is undermining our ability to feed future generations. The choices of rich versus poor, industrial versus family and modern versus antiquated are all false dichotomies. It is not a time to stick our heads in the sand and claim that the food system we have today is perfect.

  • Obesity rates tripled in the past 30 years, a trend that means, for the first time in our history, American children may face a shorter expected lifespan than their parents. (US Surgeon General)

"That's right. Science. Michael Pollan's pithy manifesto — "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants" — isn't a reaction against modernity; it's a consequence of the human ability to probe the mysteries of the universe and learn how things work. It is rooted in science, the outcome of our ever-advancing understanding of biology and chemistry and nutrition. If the course of the Industrial Revolution proves anything, it is that history is not circular. We are hurtling into the future at high speed and making lots of mistakes as we do so. But we're smart critters and we can learn from our mistakes and fix things as we go. (That's the theory anyway — the 21st century may yet prove me wrong.) There are health implications to eating too much processed or junk food, and there are environmental implications to industrial agribusiness, and there are always better ways to do things."

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