A new food manifesto?

This image from indecor found via Pinterest (thanks Leah) is originally from Country Living UK.

What’s interesting to me is that the featured poster was originally put out by the US Food and Drug Administration in 1914 as part of its food conservation effort for the war (WWI).

Nearly 100 years on, not only is the design timeless enough to be used in a current decor magazine spread, but the simple message of the words in the poster are completely and utterly relevant to our world today…if not more so.

In a timely article entitled A Food Manifesto for the Future, high profile US foodie and food campaigner Mark Bittman, wrote in the New York Times only a few days ago about ideas that would make the growing, preparation and consumption of food healthier, more productive, less damaging and more enduring…

Interestingly enough he advocates empowering the Food and Drug Administration once again, to ensure the safety of the food supply – due to the fact that food related deaths are far more common than those relating to terrorism, yet the F.D.A.’s budget is only one-fifteenth that of Homeland Security!

Ideas that resonate with me include:

  • subsidising farmers who focus on real food rather than junk food
  • encouraging and subsidising home cooking
  • providing a revamped form of home-ec for school children
  • offering cooking classes for those who want and need them (á la Jamie Oliver’s Ministry of Food?)
  • looking at ways to reduce waste and promote recycling
  • mandating REAL truth in labelling

I encourage you to read Mark’s entire post. I for one, will be interested to hear his forthcoming ideas on a ‘Civilian Cooking Corps’!  Perhaps (perhaps?) we are yet to reach this point here in Australia, but sadly, tend to lag behind our american friends only for a short time in most areas of concern. Global change is indeed needed for the good of our health and the health of the planet.

Let’s look to the simple lessons of a century ago to guide us in to a new way of thoughtful eating and living.

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