What We're Reading...
Food and its obvious necessity to sustaining life has been a particularly hot issue this year with increased concerns about rising costs, safety and quality. This week, we'd like to share with you two interesting projects that unveil aspects of the current state of food in the United States. Let us know what you think!
Check out the trailer for this new documentary by Chris Taylor about food culture in the United States. The film features interviews with culinary heavy hitters such as Wolfgang Puck and Alice Waters, as well as nutrition expert, Marion Nestle and acclaimed author, Michael Pollan.
Food Fight is a fascinating look at how American agricultural policy and food culture developed in the 20th century, and how the California food movement has created a counterrevolution against big agribusiness.
We found this linked from a New Year Time's article
earlier this week. There's a good overview of the project from their first blog entry
Today we start our 30 day challenge of a one dollar diet. This means that for the month of September we will each have one dollar to spend on our daily allotment of food.
When we first started talking about doing this, we didn’t really have an agenda, or any developed sense of why we wanted to do it. It just seemed like an interesting challenge; one that would force us to see things differently.
We are interested in many of the strands related to this experiment; food choices, consumerism, waste, poverty, social psychology, etc., and this experience may provide insights that could help us better understand and teach about a variety of concerns (we both teach Social Justice in a public high school).