Reading your responses to The Protein Question is so interesting! Different diets work for different people. I really like to learn more about different eating styles (which is why I read meat-eater blogs, vegan blogs, raw blogs…) and your feedback is very insightful!
So, now everyone knows that I’m a little paranoid when it comes to our government. :) I think Heather from HangryPants said it best when she commented:
I am completely over government guidelines of any sort. After seeing Food, Inc. I became the biggest conspiracy theorist about food and government.
I’m probably going to go see Food, Inc. this weekend, and I can’t wait! I’m sure it will only fuel my paranoia, but I’d rather be educated about my food than live in ignorant bliss!
Also, guess what? There are, in fact, lobbyists for lettuce!
Anna wrote me to say:
Just wanted to let you know that lettuce does INDEED have a lobby…quite a number of lobbyists believe it or not! For the most point, small and family-owned farms don’t have powerful lobbyists, but the conglomerates and seed producers have HUGE lobbyists. In addition to the farm conglomerates and seed producers, you also have lobbyists for people dealing with fruits and vegetables. My father used to run a non-profit institute to protect the interests of fresh-cut produce producers. This included the people who pick the lettuce, bag the lettuce, and ship the lettuce.
I’m entirely sure there are other smaller lobbyists but the conglomerates and seed producers with the help of affiliated lobbyists had a major hand in the readjustment of the old food pyramid in order to up the daily necessary quantities of fruits and vegetables (my father’s company definitely had vested interest in trying to improve the FDA’s pyramid).
Sweet! Lobbyists for lettuce! I just wish the small farmers could be adequately represented. After all, without FARMS there is no FOOD!
Onwards to lunch!
I just had the most delicious salad (lettuce! lettuce! lettuce):
My salad contained:
- Baked polenta "crotons"
- 1/2 cup dark red kidney beans
- Sprinkle of cheese
Total protein: 10 grams. Total so far today: 22.5 grams.
What are your favorite political/social books and movies? I loved The Inconvenient Truth, In Defense of Food, and Skinny Bitch (you can read my review of Skinny Bitch here — I didn’t like everything about it, but it was influential!)
My fave book last year was Ultra Marathon Man by Dean Karnazis. He's also got a blog, it's listed on my blogroll.
I can't wait to read Malcom Gladwell's latest book because I loved The Tipping Point and Blink so much!