This morning, the interview was with Barbara Kingsolver. And the topic was about the morals and spirituality of eating local and naturally. Mrs. Kingsolver made two excellent points that got me to perk up as I coddled the baby firestorm.
- Our society has to yet to put a moral value on the suffering attributed to eating foods from faraway places.
- Until WWII, eating locally or organic was just the way of life. In 50 years, we've allowed a few, select food companies and politicians change our perception of eating to the point where Americans don't even find an Argentine pear amazing.
It's a full hour, but the episode is extremely interesting. Kingsolver moved her entire family from the faux city of Tuscon to southwestern VA and ate only the food they could harvest or buy at the farmer's market. They thought they would discuss going "without" but instead found themselves with abundance.