If you want a quick history of the “food revolution”—the increased attention to all things food-related in the U.S.—you could do worse than this wonderful conversation between former NY Times food critic Ruth Reichl and Michael Pollen, the author perhaps most responsible for keeping food-related issues in the public eye.
Like so many other cultural trends, the food revolution got its start in the counter culture of the 60’s.
Pollen often has his finger on the pulse of where the food conversation is going, in part because he is often its beating heart. So this passage stood out:
I think the next chapter of the food movement will involve paying more attention to the workers in the food chain—on the farm, in the packing plants and in the restaurants. To a lot of people who care about food, all these people are invisible, but that’s starting finally to change. I think the campaign by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers to improve the pay of tomato pickers in Florida has been an interesting and successful fight, one that much of the food movement supported.
Of course paying attention to workers in this country is usually forbidden by our plutocrats. I hope Pollen can pull it off.