You know this irks me, right? Millions of people … the elderly, the frail, the lonely, single parents, the disabled (the blind, people in wheelchairs, people in chronic pain, people with dementia), migrant farm workers, the institutionalized, people with low incomes, anyone stretched for time… cannot cook from scratch from food they grew themselves or purchased at a farmers market. Why do foodies keep saying they should? These claims are for a special group of healthy, privileged people. And the claim-makers, as far as I can tell, are blind to their prejudices.
Recall this exerpt from Marj’s link about the elderly couple who moved in with their daughter:
“By December 2014, it became apparent my parents could no longer live without meal assistance. They were relying more and more on convenience and fast foods, common among the elderly, and I felt this was contributing to their continuing decline.”
Contrast that with:
Meet the Woman Who Gave Michael Pollan His “Eat Food” Line, Food52, 27 July 2016
“She can’t stand to be in grocery stores.”
Where do people get their food then?
“… and fears that innovations like boxed meal kits could kill CSAs [Community Supported Agriculture].”
Boxed meal kits are even more expensive, more exclusive than CSAs. The market for them will always be small. Mark Bittman left the New York Times and traveled to California to start a meal kit business called the Purple Carrot, calling it a product for “the upper middle class.” (I just read that Bittman left that venture.)
“She eats almost exclusively what she grows, even in winter [outside New York City].”
How many people can do this?
“Joan has been telling us all along: to just eat food, to garden, and for those who don’t have access to a garden — like me, I told her on the phone — well, join a CSA, she said, shop the farmers market, find a community garden.”