June 5, 2013 Leave a comment
Since the beginning of the progressive movement socialists have been obsessed with what people eat. It largely begins in the United States with Upton Sinclair’s book “The Jungle” which prompted Congress to pass all sorts of food regulations. Never mind that by the time Congress acted the free market had already forced reform within the meat packing industry. The National Socialists in Germany were obsessed about creating super Ayrans through food, Hitler is a famous vegetarian. It continues today with the progressive lefts obsession with organic food and opposition to non-organic food and GMO’s. It’s one thing to enjoy tasty food, it’s another thing to make a political movement out of food.
EU Bureaucrat and American food writer Michael Pollan has declared that “it’s not food if it comes though the window of your car.” Don’t you just love how these self appointed experts get to declare what is or isn’t food, largely based on their own personal preferences. This is the language of the progressive food movement though, their goal is to put anyone who opposes them on the defensive by declaring their position to be in favor of “not food.” You may or may not enjoy eating at McDonald’s but it is absurd to suggest that the food made there isn’t in fact food. It has nutritional value, whether the progressives like hearing it or not.
Another go to issue for the progressive left is their unwavering opposition to GMO’s. A few weeks ago the left held protests in a couple hundred cities against GMO’s and Monsanto. Monsanto is the new boogyman on the left. It’s become like Haliburton, they just say the name and we’re all supposed to know what they’re talking about. In any event, the left insists GMO’s are dangerous and going to kill us all. They of course don’t have a shred of evidence to support that claim. That won’t stop them from trying to scare people into opposing GMO’s. After all, they’ll just declare it’s “not food” thus isolating the opposition and putting them on the defensive.
The fact is, GMO’s are a great blessing for the world. By changing a gene or two in corn or some other vegetable, Monsanto is breeding a vegetable that isn’t as susceptible to certain bugs. They’re making stronger vegetables, able to grow in more varied climates. There are arguably billions of people without daily access to food across the globe, GMO’s can feed these people by making sure crops aren’t destroyed by pests and by making sure the crops planted are as strong and as likely to survive as possible. We should be rejoicing over God’s blessing, instead the progressive left wants all of this stuff declared poison and banned. Anyone who thinks the left really cares about poor people is fooling themselves. If they cared about poor people, they would support GMO’s.
Yours truly is a bit of a foodie, so I understand wanting to eat good food. A line has to be drawn though when food becomes a political movement. Whether you like hearing it or not, no one can tell the difference between an egg bought at Kroger’s and a “free range” egg from some farm. You’re dreaming if you think there’s a difference between so-called factory beef and beef from some farm that declares their beef “natural.” (assuming we’re talking about the same breed of cow and same quality (choice or prime)) None of these things are any healthier for you either. If you want to spend the extra money on it, eat your heart out. However, don’t become a snob and look down on those of us who either don’t share your interest or can’t afford it. Food is an interest, it isn’t a political movement. Or at least it shouldn’t be a political movement.