Food issues are increasingly in the news. Civil Eats presents a summary and argument for the establishment of a National Food Policy promoted by Michael Pollan, Mark Bittman, et al. Even though it’s more politics as usual and involves the hotly debated idea of government intervention, at least it could draw the needed attention and education of the ongoing problems with the U.S. food supply and its effects on our health and environment.
This is more than just the government telling people what to eat (the “nanny” state). It is quite easy for a consumer to know that the best bet is to avoid all sorts of processed foods in the first place and eat their fruits and vegetables. However, if people avoided enough of the processed foods there would be less of a market for it and hence junk food production would be curtailed. Consumer demand works time and time again. Look what happened when people became interested in gluten-free foods; now we have them all over the place. These are larger diet-related health and safety issues than that. If people paid more attention to them, the food industry may listen and the food culture could improve. If that is to occur, it has to begin somewhere.