Sunday, May 2, 2010

Barbara Kingslover Insight

This excerpt from Barbara Kingslover from her book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life , “Getting over the frozen-food snobbery”, is the quote I will center my discussion around. I think this excerpt is her attempt to highlight society’s ability to blindly and stringently abide by a certain formula for healthy living. I also believe her excerpt addresses the stigma which hovers over the idea of frozen products. A good example of this notion is pretty evident in my Commodity Chain Analysis with regards to the strawberry. There are two insinuations to draw, one, being the fact that international countries such as China are emerging leaders in the frozen strawberry export, but it’s common knowledge their agriculture is one that lacks the fiber to produce the strains of strawberries that we here are accustomed too. The second iteration would be that here in the United States, the fresh strawberry is the sought after commodity, in comparison to its counter-part the frozen strawberry. Does the fact that the strawberry is “frozen” imply it lacks the same nutritional make-up of a “fresh” strawberry, or are their more health benefits from a strawberry falling under this category entitled “fresh”? This same argument can also be adapted to Tuesday’s readings with regards to the myth or effectiveness of an organic label. The product may boast its “organic-ness”, but there is no finite legislation which defines this idea, ergo the word “organic” is subjective. Kinglsover, further contributes to that statement, by her analysis of her own childhood and the foods she was accustomed too, no matter if in/out of season. She acknowledges that buying in-harvest products in bulk and freezing is acceptable, because there is no question where the products originated, in comparison to some non-frozen products whose origins remain muddled in the packaging. This quote not only criticizes the misconceptions of the “frozen” world, but also highlights the ignorance of society today with regards to the true meaning of healthy and what constitutes a nutritional food product.

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