OK, folks, time to wake up. Let me help you answer this question. It's not a political position at all. How it has become one is beyond me. And the more people perceive the concept of farm to table as some cute little trend chefs are grasping at to help define their style of cooking is ridiculous.
Do you know why chefs have gravitated to this philosophy? It is because food safety is a huge issue in this country. We have a responsibility to you as the consumer to provide you a safe and delicious product. What the role of regulation from the USDA and the role of The Department of Agriculture is has been turned into a political stance.
There is a recent press release from McDonald's stating that they have given considerable thought and have decided to no longer use the "pink slime," quoted by Chef Jamie Oliver, in their food, because in the end they really care. How did it get there in the first place? And if you don't know what the "pink slime" is, it's all the by-product that is normally fed to pets in every other country in the world except the U.S.A., where we have developed this fascinating technique of using ammonia to kill all the bacteria, so it's safe for us to eat.
Who's hungry? I'm not.
Another interesting thing that, over the course of my 27 years in the food service industry, has raised concern is the increase in food allergies. We have not discovered that many new, untested ingredients that so many people somehow are having an adverse reaction to. I believe they are allergic to something, and I'm sure science has progressed enough to better define an individual's ailments. However, I am more inclined to believe a cost-effective corner has been cut in how our food is being produced only to increase profit margins at the expense of the American public.
As Americans we need to be aware of what we really consume and how the food was produced. Was it raised ethically? What drugs have the animals consumed? What is in processed food?
There was a report of a lawsuit several weeks ago that a gentleman discovered a mouse in his Mountain Dew; Pepsi's response was "That's impossible because the Mountain Dew would have dissolved the mouse."
Holy &*#*! Frightened enough to care? I am. What isn't on the nutritional label? Like with everything else, if we place our trust solely in others to take care of us and don't take the time look at what's in the glass or on our forks, whose fault is that? Write your congressman and demand food safety. I don't care what party you belong to, how about a safe food party?
For further information on these issues I recommend this link to The Food and Environmental Reporting Network. Or, read The Washington Post's recent report about a piece of legislation The U.S. Supreme Court overturned.
The real answer to Jason's question is: it is both a liberal and conservative party position. Why? Because both parties accept huge contributions from the corporations that make this garbage they like to refer to as "food". Until we change how the money changes hands and remove power from companies like Cargill and Kellogg, nothing will change for the general public. The enlightened few who have figured out the benefits of local, organic sustainable farming will continue to be the butt of jokes and labeled as weirdos.
It only becomes political because irresponsible journalists continue to use it as a crutch and make everything political to sensationalize every thing they write. Good health is not a left or right thing, normal people don't define what they believe as political for the most part anyway. It's sloppy journalism that forces everything into one side or another constantly driving it home and using the media platform to "educate" the audience into taking things that should just be reported straight up into a political issue even if it was not precieved that way before the media pumps up the headlines trying to grab eyeballs or push an agenda.
The responsible party in all this national divisiveness falls squarely on the over sensationalizing, aggrandizing, and often clear cut propaganda from both left and right media.
Stop blaming it on the readers, viewers, or general public. They only know, see, and understand what the media constantly shoves down our throats and the average person never bothers to look past the hype or the politics of the journalists and surprisingly most people still think the media is generally fair and impartial.
Want to see less less polarizing topics? Then stop making everything so with headlines like the one on this article.
You bring up a bigger point. It is becoming exhausting that every issue out there now must be defined in terms of "liberal" or "conservative". Like we must know which party is pushing it and then either accept it or reject it based on party lines.
Come on people! There are issues out there that should be discussed and debated - - in and of themselves - - and food safety is one of them. Must every issue be tagged "liberal" or "conservative" before we take time to ponder it? Think for yourself folks!
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