New York Magazine is full of great stuff this week, but the real show-stopper is a fabulous article about food titled Eat Good. Authors Beth Sahpouri and Christine Whitney set out to tell us what common foods we should avoid and what to eat instead.
Here’s a snippet: “Eating was once an enjoyable, relatively uncomplicated experience; the biggest dilemma was how much butter to put in the mashed potatoes. No more. In this post-Pollan, Food, Inc., locavore-aware world, your dinner plate, like it or not, is a minefield. Beyond the enduring concerns about calories, artificial ingredients, and, of course, taste, there are now a host of politically minded food anxieties. Is the chicken free-range? Is the salad from a labor-friendly farm? Was the coffee shade-grown? Sometimes it seems the future of the planet is riding on your hamburger.”
Next to each image in the article is a list of symbols identifying why that food should be avoided. For instance, we should not eat bananas because: big carbon footprint, unfair labor practices, pollution, ecosystem damage, corporate monopoly and overfarmed. Instead, we should eat local apples while they’re in season. Makes sense to me.