By Anim Steel
But this door also represents a beginning ~ the beginning of our modern food system.
The industrial model may work for some things, but it's time to admit that it doesn’t work for food.It doesn’t work for Lucas, a tomato-picker in Florida, who toils from dawn to dusk without protection or health care and still cannot escape poverty.It’s not good for the farmers in Illinois who have nearly been bullied out of existence by Monsanto.It's not good for teenagers in Brooklyn who, when asked how many of them have diabetes or know someone with diabetes, raise every hand in the room.And it’s certainly not good for the 99 percent of us who are left holding the bag of rising health care costs.
If the logic of the industrial system is based on profit, the logic of real food is founded on respect and balance. Real food isn't opposed to profit, but it is opposed to profits that aren't shared fairly with those who work the hardest to feed us. The Door of No Return represents what we’re up against: a global industrial food economy 500 years in the making that exploits both people and land.
Where demand is fragmented, we can organize it.Where there is too little clarity, we can create transparency and accountability.Where policy is stalled, we can foster new leadership.
Instead of a boycott, we’re mounting a “pro-cott,” strategically investing in the kind of food system that will advance social, economic, and environmental justice.