14 Apr '11, 12am

Why the sustainable food movement should learn to love Nathan Myhrvold’s ‘Modernist Cuisine’

Why the sustainable food movement should learn to love Nathan Myhrvold’s ‘Modernist Cuisine’

And that's been the official government/industry/philanthropic view of agriculture at least since the dawn of industrial ag in the early 20th century. I've been reading a terrific book called The Hungry World: America's Cold War Battle Against Poverty in Asia , by the University of Indiana historian Nick Cullather. The book is an intellectual history of the Green Revolution , the effort funded and engineered by U.S. foundations and aid institutions to boost food production in Asia in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Cullather writes about the invention of the calorie as a unit of food value in the late 19th century, and how it allowed foodstuffs to be reduced to the amount of energy they contained. The precise measurement of calories, Cullather writes, "translated the vernacular customs of food into the numerical language of empire." It gave rise to the conviction that food was "fundame...

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