At home I serve the kind of food I know the story behind.
But that's the challenge -- to change the system more than it changes you.
Nutrition science is where surgery was in about 1650, you know, really interesting and promising, but would you want to have them operate on you yet? I don't think so.
High-quality food is better for your health.
You may not think you eat a lot of corn and soybeans, but you do: 75 percent of the vegetable oils in your diet come from soy (representing 20 percent of your daily calories) and more than half of the sweeteners you consume come from corn (representing around 10 perecent of daily calories).
Fairness forces you - even when you're writing a piece highly critical of, say, genetically modified food, as I have done - to make sure you represent the other side as extensively and as accurately as you possibly can.
Perhaps more than any other, the food industry is very sensitive to consumer demand.
Corn is an efficient way to get energy calories off the land and soybeans are an efficient way of getting protein off the land, so we've designed a food system that produces a lot of cheap corn and soybeans resulting in a lot of cheap fast food.
I mean, we're really making a quantum change in our relationship to the plant world with genetic modification.
Every major food company now has an organic division. There's more capital going into organic agriculture than ever before.
The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.
In addition to contributing to erosion, pollution, food poisoning, and the dead zone, corn requires huge amounts of fossil fuel - it takes a half gallon of fossil fuel to produce a bushel of corn.
For at the same time many people seem eager to extend the circle of our moral consideration to animals, in our factory farms and laboratories we are inflicting more suffering on more animals than at any time in history.
People in Slow Food understand that food is an environmental issue.
Plus, I love comic writing. Nothing satisfies me more than finding a funny way to phrase something.
In general, science journalism concerns itself with what has been published in a handful of peer-reviewed journals - Nature, Cell, The New England Journal of Medicine - which set the agenda.
The big journals and Nobel laureates are the equivalent of Congressional leaders in science journalism.
In corn, I think I've found the key to the American food chain. If you look at a fast-food meal, a McDonald's meal, virtually all the carbon in it - and what we eat is mostly carbon - comes from corn.
The larger meaning here is that mainstream journalists simply cannot talk about things that the two parties agree on this is the black hole of American politics.
My work has also motivated me to put a lot of time into seeking out good food and to spend more money on it.
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