I’m beginning to see a backlash against the absurdities of Political Correctness: that pervasive, pernicious, pestilence infecting every facet of modern life. In the firing line today, the rich, yuppie fetish for organic food.
In Thursday’s Herald Shelley Bridgeman reviewed Jay Rayner’s book “A Greedy Man in a Hungry World.” The book “takes pot shots at farmers' markets, organic produce and the "doctrine of local food".
Underpinning this book is the idea that the sustainability of food production matters far more than fashionable posturing about "modern food culture". It says that "we will soon have nine billion mouths to feed" and "[a]ccording to the United Nations, by 2030 we will need to be producing 50 per cent more food, and a system built around that holy trinity of local, seasonal and organic simply won't cut it".
Hallelujah! Someone at last looking at the bigger picture. It’s been possible to stop the starvation and malnutrition in poorer countries for many years. It’s possible to increase food production to avert mass starvation, but not if the less developed nations continue to buy into the food faddishness of rich countries.
Bridgeman goes on to say:
At weekends farmers' markets are held in various Auckland locations such as Britomart, Grey Lynn and Parnell but Rayner claims that such enterprises are "merely a lifestyle choice for the affluent middle classes". They offer "expensive, bespoke produce aimed at the affluent" who "convince themselves that by shopping there they are doing something to revolutionize the food supply chain. They aren't. It is a lifestyle statement" that "comes with a greasy veneer of false self-righteousness".
Quite so. That last phrase sums up all things PC for me, “a greasy veneer of false self-righteousness.”
I'll know I'll be rethinking some of my views in this area. And, I'm glad that I need no longer feel guilty about not growing some of my own food.
That’s it Shelley. Stand up to the passive aggressive culture that is Political Correctness. Start living a joyous life free of food guilt.