My pal Ben over at The Nation just sent me over their new monster food issue — it’s in-depth and fantastic, and a must-read for anyone interested in where food intersects with politics and the future of both. I’ll let him round up who and what’s in it:
- A forum on food democracy with Alice Waters (Chez Panisse), Dan Barber (Blue Hill), Grace Lee Boggs, Dave Murphy and LaDonna Redmond.
- Alice Waters: School lunch reform is the best way to teach democratic values.
- Dan Barber: The campaign for food democracy needs to start with boning knives and cast iron skillets.
- Grace Lee Boggs: How Detroit came to see vacant lots not as blight but as opportunities to grow our own food.
- Dave Murphy: People are beginning to understand the connection between our stomachs and our common destiny.
- LaDonna Redmond: To engage a broader audience, food-justice activists need to change their language.
- Raj Patel and Eric Holtz-Gimenez on the Gates Foundation’s flawed approach to ending hunger in Africa.
- Dayo Olopade on DIY urban gardens in New Orleans.
- Anna Lappe on emerging “dining hall” activism.
- Habiba Alcindor on a community farming revival in one of America’s poorest counties. (With slideshow.)
- Michael Pollan on the lasting impact of food and farming visionary Wendell Berry.
- John Nichols on crucial food safety legislation pending in Congress.
- Brent Cunningham reviews several current books about famines and food shortages, challenging the good-food revolution to move beyond its evangelical phase.
- Plus, Katha Pollitt on Nora Ephron’s Julie & Julia, and Ten Things You Can Do to Start a Community Garden, a primer from Walter Mosely and the Editors of The Nation.
It’s fascinating, smart, and well-written. Have at it.
Rupa Bhattacharya, Culinary Writer