Plastics in American Food, February 1 & 2, 2008

American Flatbread – Flatbread Kitchen

Friday and Saturday February 1+2, 2008

Tonight’s menu and baking are dedicated to


Plastics in American Food


            I do not know, even of a private corner in American food, that is free of plastics. I do not think I have had one meal in fifty years that was wholly free of it, and my children, not one meal in their lives. It is in and of my water bottle, and can of cola. It is the bag that holds “clean” my fruits and vegetables and meats. It is the window that allows me to see inside the box of pasta, it is the plastic-impregnated paper carton that holds my juice and milk.


It might not matter quite so much if these chemicals were inert like glass,

                                                                                                But they are not.


            They leach and migrate and move into our food, into our mouths, into our blood, into our cells that make our selves.


            In these places they can act like hormone mimics, powerfully, in parts per billion, silently, and with consequences we do not well understand.

            And now, seventy years deep into this plastic habit, it is almost hard to imagine holding our food in any other way.

                                                            Thanks for coming tonight.



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