Michael Pollan’s Commentary of Changes in the Food System

The following is from an article that first appeared on the Web site of The Nation on Sept 16.  It is just one of several replies to Frances Moore Lappé’s essay on the food movement today.

For more click: http://www.alternet.org/story/152449/michael_pollan%3A_how_change_is_going_to_come_in_the_food_system?page=entire

“To date, however, the food movement can claim more success in changing popular consciousness than in shifting, in any fundamental way, the political and economic forces shaping the food system or, for that matter, in changing the “standard American diet”–which has only gotten worse since the 1970s. Recently there have been some political accomplishments: food movement activists played a role in shaping the FDA Food Safety Modernization Act and the Child Nutrition Reauthorization Act, both passed in the last Congress, and the last couple of farm bills have thrown some significant crumbs in the direction of sustainable agriculture and healthy food. But the food movement cannot yet point to legislative achievements on the order of the Clean Air Act or the Clean Water Act or the establishment of the Environmental Protection Administration. Its greatest victories have come in the media, which could scarcely be friendlier to it, and in the food marketplace, rather than in the halls of Congress, where the power of agribusiness has scarcely been disturbed.”



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