The Feminist Food Revolution

September 1, 2010 § Leave a comment

I was just reading Ms. Magazine‘s article titled “The Feminist Food Revolution” in their Summer 2010 issue. Writer Jennifer Cognard-Black writes about how women have been a big part of  the food revolution, but men are getting all of the credit.

There are plenty of male celebrities in the food world: Jamie Oliver (Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution), Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation, Food Inc.), Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma), and Morgan Spurlock (Supersize Me). But women have been quietly changing the way we eat all across the country:

“Many may know of Alice Waters and the 1970s New American Cuisine that made local, seasonal and sustainable eating fashionable, yet few have heard of the thousands of women who have taken up farming, planted urban and community gardens, advocated for food safety and better school lunches, or run restaurants with organic, seasonal menus. Women’s food work has initiated a true revolution in the sense of making wide-reaching and dramatic changes in the ways people think about and participate in how food is produced, prepared and consumed.”

The article is a well researched one and mentions the interesting projects of several women, including Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” project, Heather C. Flores’ “Food Not Lawns,” and Temra Costa’s new book Farmer Jane: Women Changing the Way We Eat. Check out the article in the magazine!


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