Food Activism: Food Rules

When did wanting healthy food for the masses become activism?

Food a basic human necessity, a basic human need is no longer the mainstay in our grocery stores. This scares me.

Yet it is a reality we, the masses, largely ignore. It is something we just live with and so the situation grows more and more dire. Real food, organic broccoli, is more expensive than a fast food burger, pop and fries. There is something so terribly wrong with the system.

However, fear is not the answer. Eating is.

Food is touchy matter rolled up in identity and family, heritage and status. No one wants to be to be guilty, to be wrong especially about something so intimate and pride full as food. The positive love and joy of eating real food together and feeling good is the answer- even when no one wants to be at the dinner table and manners seem like distant relics of the past. People are pack animals so lets eat together. All it takes is mindful eating and taking joy in it.

Micael Pollan- Investigative journalist has dedicated much of his career to questioning food and our food systems. Rather than being opinionated he finds facts and makes insightful links. Food Rules is a sweet little tome illustrated whimsically by Marina Kalman.

Food is a pleasure to eat and for some like me at the heart of an artistic practice. Food is part of every single persons daily existence, it is high time we gave it some thought! This lovely tome is here to help.

Get it from the library, give it as the next gift you have to give, get it for your kid, add it to your cookbooks.

The inside of the Food Rules book flap tells us that the book began with Michael Pollan’s “hunch that the wisdom of our grandparents might have more helpful things to say about how to eat well than the recommendations of science or industry or government”. I think he’s right!

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Food Activism: I have been dwelling more and more on our North American food crisis, an eminent monster ravaging our schools and streets and homes giving our children shorter lifespans and depleting our lands and cultures. But there is hope and it comes in the form of loving and sharing food- not a task so far from the core of all ceramic practices! I am excited to look at the links between craftivism and food activism- in our minds, and daily lives, at our tables, in our ovens and communities and on our computers.}

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