What Food Says About Class in America – Newsweek

This article discusses tensions of average income, time and cost barriers to eating produce in a society where affordable food is defined by “modern” canned veggies and processed grains.


I am priveleged to eat a lot of locally produced raw veggies, it is a central pillar to my personal health. Food is an area of my life that (like my perceptions of technology and entertainment) has changed from casual to highly critical.

Our society’s time is increasingly owned by employers. People seem to have less free time and retire later in life. Is processed food the industrial answer to solving the time equation of industrial employees living in time debt? Should businesses also awake to benefits of helping their employees aquire higher quality food? Ultimately, better fed employees and their better fed children do better at work, better at school, sick fewer days of the year, and are less depressed…and can support local economy.

Is the apathy of business towards heath as a fundamental disconnect between capitalism and community? Is this apathy responsible for the highly complex and unapproachable nature of our so called “health care system”? Health simply starts with eating veggies and avoiding processed food. That shouldn’t cost a fortune, but it is an idea in direct conflict with the fabric of our economy. Lets be a better economy: businesses could send health care money into a “employee produce pool” and create work schedules that support time for cooking.