Thank you to my friends over at Sharing the Table of Plenty for turning me on to this article by Andy Bellatti talking about “Dietary Tribalism.” As I read this article I wanted to emphatically pound on my desk and scream “Hallelujah, Amen, Go on Brother.”
No matter what or how you eat, we all still eat (unless your one of those crazies on the feeding tube diet - oy!), so shouldn’t we all be united in the common goal of having the best quality food produced under the best conditions possible?
“…it’s the back-and-forth mud-slinging between members of different “dietary tribes” that troubles me most. I often imagine all the power that could be harnessed if we stopped and joined forces on some key issues, such as: getting food dyes and trans fat out of our food supply, demanding that the presence of genetically modified organisms and artificial hormones (at the very least) be labeled, ridding schools of nutritionally empty foods, and bringing more access to healthy foods in “food deserts.” Andy Bellatti