01 May '11, 3pm

Food and Class: I recently watched the fascinating documentary Fed Up, about the inequalities and deceptive prac...

Food and Class: I recently watched the fascinating documentary Fed Up, about the inequalities and deceptive prac...

I recently watched the fascinating documentary Fed Up , about the inequalities and deceptive practices that permeate much of the food industry. One point that the film covers is how food is a class issue. Organic food is comparably expensive in part because large commercial farms receive subsidies from the government that small, organic farms don’t enjoy. Why is this so? The government hopes that providing these subsidies will allow the cheap export of U.S. crops to other countries. The result is that many Americans simply can’t afford organic food. Or even if they can afford it, they often find it difficult to justify the higher prices. What’s more, it damages the public image of organic food. I can’t tell you how many conversations I’ve had with people who perceive organic food as something reserved for yuppie, liberal college professors. This is deeply saddening because...

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