stLike the fact of tides, the democratization — the availability — of real food is not meant for debate: this is an ethical, moral issue, plain and simple, with roots as ancient as loaves and fishes. And we are never, ever going to move this conversation forward and find answers to this universal, politically blind problem unless we sit down together and stop throwing rocks. But if you do have to go down the political road, so be it: don’t be so concerned about who I marry, or whether or not I pray (or to whom), or my right to a safe abortion, and then blithely look the other way while the only food I have access to is going to kill me, my family, my children, and yours. You don’t get to have it both ways. Now tell me who’s the elitist.
Brilliance from Elissa Altman (Poor Man’s Feast), which starts with a rant on the dismal state of road food in this country and turns into a careful, moral elucidation of the politicization of food. Brava.