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Re: “Slow Food for All?

Yes, Americans' disconnect with where their food comes from does merit the need for slowing down and re-establishing that connection. The Slow Food movement does a good job of making people aware of the implications and consequences of their food choices. But the point I think the author and the panelists are trying to make is that this effort should not be limited to just those with privilege who can afford to pay a premium price for what is real, natural, and fair food. Instead, the Slow Food movement will only increase the gap between the rich and the poor if they do not strive to include the nation's, and the world's, underserved population and address the issues of food justice. The root of the problem is not in the way Americans eat. It's in government subsidies, unequal distribution of resources, and structural inequality. When people can't afford the price of rice or can't get a fresh tomato from their local store, any food movement should take on those challenges as a central goal.

Posted by Diana on 10/01/2008 at 3:28 PM

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