You are not what you eat. You are what certain powerful people tell you to eat.
The Daily Meal has once again compiled a list of the 50 most powerful people in food, from top chefs to government officials, the CEO of Weight Watchers and the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Click here to read the Daily Meal’s report.
Not all of the power in the food world is nefarious. I was glad to see a man on the Daily Meal’s list who I profiled in my column last year, Milwaukee urban farmer Will Allen. Click here to read that column. Allen is truly and inspiration. I think he has a solution for what ails America, beginning not from the ground up, but from the worms up.
“In the food world, the people with power are the ones who affect what and how and where and why we eat, or could if they wanted to,” the report explains. “They’re the agribusiness moguls who decide … what crops are planted and how they’re harvested and sold. They’re the representatives of major food processing and distribution concerns and retail food outlets, which is to say the people who actually put food on our tables. They’re the scolds and nannies — and admirable consumer advocates — who tell us what we should and shouldn’t eat and why, sometimes upending whole industries in the process; the key figures in the governmental agencies concerned with the economics and the safety of our food supply; the media stars and public figures who sway our food opinions and stimulate our appetites; the chefs and restaurateurs who introduce us to new raw materials, new dishes, new culinary notions, and establish the standards we come to expect for the preparation and the serving of food. They’re the journalists, online or on television or even still sometimes in print, who report on all of the above…”
Hey, I’m a journalist. I’ll tell you what to eat. Less.