I’ve been really busy with non-Asian American related activism, which is why I’ve been posting less frequently. It’s hard work. My activism has been food-related, so I thought I’d shoot out a non-Asian blog post about food and the crap we throw at our kids.
Here’s an article: Americans Eat the Cheapest Food in the World. For those of you who have kids, you know that there’s a divergent range of prices of food. You can get expensive organic chicken breast for $8/lb., or you can eat McNuggets off the dollar menu. Most people opt for the dollar menu, hence the explosion of cheap food and all kinds of health problems in the United States. But hey, we’re saving money (and spending it on healthcare later).
A libertarian would say, “You don’t like it? Don’t eat it.” But that’s a ridiculously simplistic argument. Truth is, food comes to us via a big chain, and we’re all in it together. People can call me an elitist, but I believe we should be all be pushing for organic, non-genetically-modified food. I don’t care as much about local–Florida is a much better place to grow oranges than Oregon, and it’s actually better for the environment to produce in areas of comparative advantage–but we really ought to get the antibiotics and pesticides out of all of our food.