By Gene Hall
How’s that for a provocative headline? Make no mistake, there is a food elite, called “The Food Police,” in an excellent book by Dr. Jayson Lusk that is quite determined to substitute their food choices for yours.
The thing I like about this book is that it so completely explodes all the food myths out there. I am not at all opposed to the local food movement, for example. I guess I assume that when it breaks down, as it must, that there will be exceptions. I hope so, because there just isn’t much commercial fresh fruit and vegetable production in Central Texas, where I live.
In his book, Lusk sources this statement from a well-known food activist: “We have to battle the idea that you can have anything you want any time you want it.”
Really? Our phenomenally successful U.S. agriculture has been doing exactly that for decades!
The “Food Police” want us to march boldly…right into the past. We deal with a lot of outrageous claims in this space, but the food elite have never really managed to prove they have a better way. Lusk and others have pretty much closed the deal, though, that modern agriculture is more efficient than the rocky path the “Food Police” want to travel. As described in the book, efficiency leads to a bunch of other very good things.
I am not about to tar every food issue with the same basting brush, but when someone is suggesting that you don’t have the right, or the ability, to decide for yourself what you want to eat, pay attention. The “Food Police” would rather you let them decide. They have a food plan for you, like it or not.
I recommend The Food Police—A Well-Fed Manifesto About the Politics of Your Plate—by Dr. Jayson Lusk of Oklahoma State.