Political Food, July 19, 2008


Political Food


Food is important.

Its consumption is essential to our health and vitality.


More thank anything else we do, its production, processing, and distribution affects our environment.


It is around food we so often gather in the warm company of family and friends, and share in what is best of the human experience.


Food touches us all, and all that we do.


Food is of science and sociology, it is of religion, and philosophy, and art.


Food is a part of every language, and of our history and the stories we tell.


How to count it gave rise to mathematics, how to share it gave rise to self-governance.


Food is biologic, and in the deepest sense, a part of our ecology.


In all its various forms, food is the largest business on the planet. It is profoundly economic.


And food is political.

It can not not be political.

And so,

If we are to have intentional food:

Food that matters:

Food that nurtures and truly helps:

Food that our kids can run and laugh and grow strong by:

Food to comfort us in our old age:

Then it is important we talk about it at the highest levels of our political conversations.


If we do not engage in this conversation, then we will have unintentional food:

Food based on someone else’s values, grown in, and of, some other place.


                                                                                                            George Schenk


Read at the first gubernatorial debate at Lareau Farm. Our environment, our food, our future. Sunday July 20, 2oo8. Waitsfield, Vermont.

Sponsored by: Vermont Natural Resouce Council, Vermont Localvores, and American Flatbread.

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