Fast forwards several decades and you will find yourself immersed in the buzz surrounding books such as Fast Food Nation and Supersize Me. You might be reading reports on poisoned groundwater, animal cruelty in industrial agriculture and the first stirrings of climate change talk. You would also find a nation that is struggling to fit into a single plane seat comfortably. Illness and a general feeling a malaise infected much of the population who spent time during dinner comparing prescriptions. Suddenly people began to understand that they were unwell and maybe it was their eating that was partially to blame.
This began a flurry that would one day cause an avalanche within society. Consumers began to realize that big business for food might not be the best model and that spending a bit more time on understanding food might be in everyone's best interest. After decades of eating mindlessly the era of mindful living was positioned to take over the media. Organic, farm to table and sustainable were used in daily conversations and it seemed like the newest trend was going to be great.
Except that it wasn't. Eating well became the latest lifestyle product sold by the same people who sold you the processed foods. And like every other lifestyle product it became a reason to feel superior because you are living a better at life than your neighbor. The idea that food could make you better, healthier and more desirable gained traction and suddenly being into food was cool. At the end of the day every single human needs to eat to survive and eat well to live well. Food culture has to be inclusive and the foodie culture has not always about inclusion.
By so passionately defending food, foodies everywhere have segregated themselves from others.
If you've ever been in love, then you'll understand. The way you just can't stop thinking about that special someone, talking about them until your friends eyes roll up into their heads. Well, that's what getting into a relationship with food was like for many. The tunnel vision of a life filled with new tastes, interesting flavors and literal art on a plate seduces a person completely, wiping out all coherent thought and transforming you into the latest crusader in the food revolution. But, like all love stories, the passion fades and settles into a warm glow. Those feverish nights spent fantasizing about your latest reservation or farmers markets find will pass and you'll find yourself in a much healthier relationship with great food.
Taking time away from home has allowed me some perspective into my own relationship with food, eating and what is important to take home from the foodie culture. I've managed to disengage from the cult and understand that fanaticism is never a good way to win anyone over. By so passionately defending food, foodies everywhere have segregated themselves from others.
No matter what your beliefs, it's clear that foodie culture has inspired a lot of people to do great things.
No matter what your beliefs, it's clear that foodie culture has inspired a lot of people to do great things. People have begun to care about the nutrition that goes into their bodies and are eager to share what they've learned with others. Plus, it's a delightfully hedonistic way to live, what other hobbies encourage you to eat incredible cheese and drink champagne amongst other delicacies.
It's important to remember that at its heart caring about how food has been raised, and produced is ultimately about how we care for the earth and ourselves. Being proud of food culture means being proud of the labor that goes into feeding our great nation, and of all of the men and women behind the scenes who want nothing more than to share that next perfect bite with you. So next time you feel like rambling about food or posting yet another picture of your homemade apple pie, do it out of love and not just a passion that will fade. A story for the ages that we can hopefully teach to our children to remind them that love comes in all forms yet benefits everyone who feels it's touch.