17 Jul '12, 12pm

Me, you, and everything we eat: Does food righteousness hinder systematic change?

Me, you, and everything we eat: Does food righteousness hinder systematic change?

“Which of these products will absolve me of more civic engagement?” Food is inherently personal. But is that all it is? Let’s take a moment to look at the comments on a recent Facebook post from NPR about the tie between antibiotics in factory farmed chicken and bladder infections. First up, the ever-popular: “Oh no! That sucks … Oh wait, I’m a vegan.” Then: “Just don’t eat chicken,” “So now I gotta raise my own chickens[?],” and, “GROSS. So glad I’m back to vegetarianism and mostly shopping the farmers market and local co-op. The whole mainstream food system is so completely disgusting.” Here’s another similar example. Last month, I wrote a post about a campaign by the Consumer’s Union to convince several major grocery chains to stop carrying meat from animals raised with antibiotics, and one commenter said, “GO VEGAN.” These comments make perfect sense. If you want to se...

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