Thursday, October 2, 2008

You CAN eat "junk food"...

I was working on music stuff after getting off the air today (contrary to popular opinion, *most* radio people don't just leave when they're done with their shift), and a coworker laughed when she spotted me eating chips and salsa. "Now you couldn't get THAT at the Market!!" I turned and annoyingly (cause I KNOW I'm obsessive) said, "Actually...I bought the salsa from Kuntry Kettle at the Market, and the chips are organic and from Strawberry Fields." I rambled (calling it "doing the Sarah Palin" these days...although I think I made sense), and my friend's eyes understandably glazed over a little.

You have to watch your delivery and attitude when you talk food with people who aren't quite as into it as you are. I guess that applies to any topic, really - but food is a delicate issue for a lot of reasons. It's pretty easy to find interest and get a positive reaction when you rave about farmers markets and the goal of eating locally/seasonally, but when I say ANYTHING about factory farms or slaughterhouses or chickens in crates...well, you know how that goes. It's really uncomfortable. I don't want to be THAT person, but then again someone has to be.

An underlying thought in almost all of the books I've read is that most people have no idea where their food comes from, and a great number DON'T WANT TO KNOW. They don't consider how far it's traveled (e.g. bananas or grapes, especially in the winter), and they REALLY don't want to think about the fact that their chicken breast used to be a creature crammed in a cage.

With regard to the first issue, a new law could change that for the better. Click here.

And the second? Not sure how to help with that.

1 comment:

KMG said...

Yep you are totally right. My mommy says not to preach to people, but to just maybe point them in the right direction, you know? People will find out about how great local food is when they want to. :)