Eat Good

8th August 2009

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.”

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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.

Read it, along with The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. They’ll all make you think twice about what you put in your body.

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