Mark Bittman wants foodies to be more conscious
Good food is real, it’s healthy, it’s produced sustainably, it’s fair and it’s affordable.
- If a food existed 100 years ago, it’s real.
- Healthy means “whole” or “real.” It means eating more fruits and vegetables.
- Sustainable means when food is produced, farmers put as much back into the soil as they take out and use water wisely.
- All people must earn living wages for food to be fair and affordable and good food must be subsidized.
- Real food? I understand that and fill my home with real food.
- Healthy food? I agree wholeheartedly with his definition. Whole food is healthy. Processed food, less so or sometimes not at all.
- Sustainably produced? I’m a believer in “know your farmer, know your food.” I ask questions and understand that food producers can be sustainable even if they’re not USDA certified organic. I spend more money on food I know has been produced sustainably because I believe it’s better for my family, better for the environment, and I believe the farmers who commit to sustainable farming deserve to paid a fair price for what they produce.
- Fair and affordable? Here’s where I realize I have the most work to do. I do believe good food must be subsidized. But, although I’m in favor of raising the minimum wage and making sure everyone has enough money to live on, I wouldn’t call myself an advocate for it.
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