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Climate Change and the Foods We Love and Need

Center for Science in the Public Inter- est (CSPI) is an advocacy organization for nutrition and health. CSPI recently pub- lished a report entitled Pestering Parents: How Food Companies Market Obesity to Children. • The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood (CCFC) describes itself as ,a national coalition" of a variety of experts and parents ,who counter the harmful effects of marketing to children through action, advocacy, education, research, and collaboration" (CCFC 2006). • The Center for Informed Food Choices (CIFC) recently sponsored a symposium

’s global palate. At Thai House in Ardsley, New York, for example, our family savors one, sometimes two orders of “Tiger Cry” and pad thai noodles, eaten with chopsticks, which allow only small, Human beings feed on metaphors. . . . [W]e hunger for, cannibalize, spice it up, sugar coat, hash things out, sink our teeth into, and find something difficult to swallow or hard to digest, so we cough it up and then have a bone to pick with someone, which is their just desserts. —Michael Owen Jones, “Food Choice, Symbolism and Identity” Poetry of the Palate Free Market

-Leninist, so-called hippies, and other groups. Further, the issues faced by the co-ops divided many as they disagreed over membership and food choices that reflected social class and community affiliation. Many members organized around working collectives, whereby decision making by consensus enacted participatory democracy and people power, not the corporate struc- ture of most US businesses. However, issues of control were both ideological and personal, sometimes resulting in physical violence, arson, insults, and co-op takeovers. How did various ideologies translate

, ones. Is that how we define community: through what we buy, our consumer THE AGE OF THE “ORGANIC-INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX” 201 choices? And is that not how most members even see their board, as those who represent their economic interests? How do we bring social relationships back into the equation? Food Choices Are Political Some food co-ops decry political involvement, referring to the Rochdale principle of political neutrality. But, as noted throughout the book, food choices are politi- cal. Embedded in every food we eat is someone’s labor, working

certificate program in food and beverage management for eCornell. Through his active research program, Alex is currently examining how: (1) customer-service provider interaction with guests and managers influ- ences organizational performance; (2) technology is influencing/changing the relationship between guests and service-based employees and manag- ers; and (3) nutrition information provided by restaurants on menus (as required by the Affordable Care Act starting in May 2018) is influencing guests’ food choices when they dine out in full-service restaurants. Alex

favoring beavers, 119–120 adult growth form, trees, 83 age determination 93 Agnotocastor, 7 alarm signal, 34, 48, 50 Alaska, 3, 8, 69, 91, 97–98, 105–106, 108, 125, 133 Albania, 3 Albany, 8, 157–159, 166 Alberta, 2, 25, 64, 79, 97, 125, 132 alder, 26, 69–70, 77–80, 119, 137, 141–143, 178 Algonquin Park, 20, 75, 107, 124, 152 Algonquin Provincial Park. See Algon- quin Park Allegany State Park body weight, 106 bracken fern in diet, 74 dispersal, 111–113 family size, 30, 98 food choice, 69, 71, 106, 119 mate replacement, 93 population dynamics, 100, 105 response

support of co-ops, 134. See also Cornell University; Dartmouth College; University of Chicago hippies, 129, 130, 157; in Arcata, 13, 141, 152; and food choices, 13, 134, 176, 177, 179; in Putney, 11, 118, 119, 121; in Twin Cities, 134, 176, 177, 179, 181, 182 household technology and foods: freezers, 10, 40, 50; microwaves, 133 Humboldt County, 12, 141 – 142, 144, 155 Hyde Park Co-operative Society (HPCS), 10 – 11; and African American communi- ties, 11, 69, 71, 72, 76 – 77, 80 – 81, 82, 83; founding of, 10, 71; and Lake Park Pointe Shopping Center, 11

’s food choices, but were unwilling to police his habits, preferring to simply offer healthier choices at dinner and hoping that he would conform to family practices eventually—a disposition that many families can relate to. The focus on nutrition and many participants’ adherence to nonmain- stream diets reveal their confi dence in the familial management of health. This confi dence extends to their approach to illness, which for many of our participants is perceived and experienced as a normal aspect of life Anti /Vax 207 and one that contributes to or