Lab Cat

26 May 2006

Best Food Nation?

Filed under: Food — Cat @ 3:10 pm

I want to bring this new website organized by US food producers to your attention. I appears to have been created in response to Eric Schlosser's new book "Chew on This", which is for children. The website isn't aimed at children though, so I also think it is there because of organizations such as the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) or perhaps in response to the public comments about the National Food Uniformity Act. To quote from their press release the site is to tell the "real" story about the American Food System. Which is great, I am constantly telling people how amazing is the wide choice of food available to the American consumer. Good tasting, safe food too. One of my concerns about The Best Food Nation website is that they are on the defensive from the start.

A quote from the home page:

BestFoodNation.com offers the facts about the U.S. food supply, which is among the safest, most affordable and most abundant food supplies in the world.

I don't know what the French or the Italians or even the Chinese will make of this statement:

Simply put, America is the Best Food Nation.

Also I don't think we should be too proud of this fact as, my mind, it is rises questions of quality versus quantity:

Americans spend less on food than any other developed nation in the world.

In fact, the average percentage of disposable income spent on meat and poultry dropped from an average of 4.1 percent in 1970 to 2 percent in 2004.

There are a couple of pages that are interesting: "What the critics say", is a list of food industry "myths" they have chosen to answer. I find the myths they have chosen odd. You should definitely visit the Take action page and yes, please do thank any one you know who is responsible for providing us with a safe, abundant food supply. It can be a thankless job. And encourage schools and educators to teach food science. It might mean more undergraduate students for me.

While the food industry does a great job supplying the US and the rest of the world with good food, it could do even better, and there are signs that they are trying. Hopefully, this website will reflect this in the future.

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