Sabloff-MessianicHopes - The Common Review: Feature Articles

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Winter 2010 HOME MASTHEAD CONTENTS CONTRIBUTORS LETTERS TO THE EDITOR FROM THE EDITOR FEATURE ARTICLES THE FATE OF JOURNALISM GOTTSCHALL'S PROBLEM REVIEWS BOOKENDS SUBSCRIPTIONS MEMBERSHIP BACK ISSUES SUBMISSIONS INTERNSHIPS ABOUT LINKS CONTEST Featured Article Messianic Hopes and Politics in the Food Movement By Nicholas Sabloff What is at the end of your fork? To ask this question is to plunge into a search for answers that are difficult to discover, but if discovered, leave most of us wishing we had never bothered asking in the first place. Ignorance can be, if not bliss, then at least something that doesn’t ruin lunch. Yet for even the most indifferent eaters, the realities of America’s food production system are increasingly difficult to avoid. The story of how dangerous, unsustainable, and even immoral the production and consumption of food is in America represents one of the most significant emerging social narratives of the new millennium in the West. Authors such as Eric Schlosser and Michael Pollan—whose respective books Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal (2001) and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006) are groundbreaking, powerful, and essential works about the myriad flaws of America’s food system—helped establish what has since become a burgeoning industry of exposés, documentaries, and activism on the subject. The mission statement of the Yale Sustainable Food Project, with its emphasis on the globalized, interconnected nature of the problem, nicely captures the standard message that has taken hold: “The world’s most pressing questions regarding health, culture, the environment, education, and the global economy cannot be adequately addressed without considering the food we eat and the way we produce it.” »The Common Review »Feature Articles The Common Review: Feature Articles 1 of 12 5/20/10 8:43 PM
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A heightened sense of awareness and anxiety about the way we make the food we eat has become a fixture of American life for a certain segment of the population. As Paul Roberts writes in his book The End of Food , “The very act of eating, the basis of many of our social, family and spiritual traditions—not to mention the one cheap pleasure that could ever rival sex—has for many devolved into an exercise in irritation, confusion and guilt.” There is a reason that the annual Food Issue of the New York Times Magazine , which published many of the articles that laid the groundwork for Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma , is less a celebration of gastronomy than a sociopolitical survey of the current state of mind regarding our food dystopia. Indeed, 2009 may come to be seen as the year that critical analysis of
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