In the Northern hemisphere summer is in full swing – season for harvesting, BBQs and generally enjoying life and food. In the Southern hemisphere people are celebrating Christmas in July, complete with gift giving, hot roast meals and lots of holiday spirit. But even during this season of bounty many of us are still very aware of those who do not have enough to eat and struggle with these inequalities.
However you look at it this is a season for thinking about food so I thought that you might enjoy this very thought provoking article: Thought For Food written by Ryan O’Dowd I just came across in Comment the ezine produced by Cardus.
Whole foods, slow foods, back to the garden, back to the earth, come to the table, eat-pray-love, organic, green, natural, local, farm-fresh, grass fed, cage-free, food for Africa, food for China, food for Haiti, food for my starving children. And on the list goes. Food is ubiquitous today.
In her essay “Is Food the New Sex?“, Mary Eberstadt suggests that the tremendous excess of food in the West has raised our awareness of food and led a new and obsessive food culture. Food has become one of the modern modes of self-expression as both young and old make how and where they shop, cook, and eat a substantial part of self-definition. Meanwhile, our increased consciousness and excess of food are matched by our awareness of the shortage of food in the rest of the world. As food grows culturally fashionable, it is increasingly charged with political, social, and economic urgency.