The latest issue The Nation (dated September 11) is all about food. And, this being The Nation, how food impacts and interacts with issues of race, class, labor, animal welfare, health and nutrition, and environmental preservation.
While there’s plenty here to make you feel good about being a vegan (like Eric Schlosser’s “Hog Hell”), pieces like Felicia Mello’s “Hard Labor” may leave you troubled about those organic baby carrots you’re snacking on.
Also of note is Habiba Alcindor’s “Black Farms, Black Markets,” a look at the intertwined struggles of black farmers and difficulties bringing fresh food to inner-city neighborhoods; and Frances Moore Lappé’s “A Right to Food?,”a profile of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, where healthy food has been declared a right of citizenship.
The contributors are a veritable who’s who of responsible food-thought. In addition to those mentioned above, the list includes: Anna Lappé, Alice Waters, Marion Nestle, Michael Pollan, Wendell Berry, Troy Duster, Elizabeth Ransom, Winona LaDuke, Peter Singer, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Carlo Petrini, Eliot Coleman, Jim Hightower.
Some of the articles are available to read free online, but others require a subscription. Or you can go to the library or newsstand and get a paper copy.