Food and Transgression

I’m not 100% sure what food and transgression means, but I think it has something to do with food politics and food security in an age of transgression. I guess dealing with fair trade foods and supermarket foods, along with organic foods and genetically altered foods, all have their input within this topic. So, what I gather from fair trade foods, or ethical foods, is that it is product that is organic and is something that is produced locally in markets, rather than in large chain suppliers such as Walmart and other large commercial grocery stores. Some companies that have a fair trade line of goods are Starbucks, Chiquita, Nestle, and Cadbury. By talking about food security, it is more broadly about global food supplies opposed to locally marketed and grown foods. Fair trade production is involved with this in terms of being at the production end by providing a market for smaller producers in smaller areas more aimed towards the local community.

Food, nutrition, health, and environment all play parts in this “metabolic rift” of these front and center supermarkets that are producing large-scale product that reaches globally. Food politics are different now because corporate retailers have such a large influence in how these foods are marketed and where they are marketed. Food transgressions have several parts within  it’s broader scheme, which result in economic reasoning, cultural, which represents marketing and media branches, socio-political, which involves working with retailers, ethical and moral values, which deals with shopping in large, commercial grocery stores opposed to local independent food distributors, marketing, which deals with how these foods are shown and how they are incorporated globally to other regions, and media, which represents how this food is portrayed to the broader audience all over the world. All of these play in food transgression.

More recently, there has been a massive growth of organic and fair trade foods, which probably stems from populations that are aiming to be healthier and whom are more morally conscience about what they are eating and how it was prepared. With more people becoming vegetarian or vegan, there is continuous growth in this area of food production. This “market embedded morality” is making a food conscience society that is very aware of what they are consuming. More and more people are switching to these low-carbon diets (to reduce their carbon footprints) and using simple rules such as: a) reach for real food; b) put plants on your plate; c) don’t panic, go organic; d) lean towards local; e) finish your peans, the icecaps are melting; f) don’t eat packaged foods—all of this aiming for a more healthier and self-aware lifestyle.

I personally don’t do this. As a college student, Walmart is key in my survival as a young adult. Cheap, packaged foods is what I can afford right now, so locally grown, organic foods is not really an option for me, and I’m assuming many others. Large chain supermarkets are necessary for my age group in order to be able to eat decently on a smaller budget. Right now at 23, I’m not too worried about all of this, but maybe when I am older, I’ll start paying attention to what I’m eating, where it came from, and how it was processed.

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One response to “Food and Transgression

  1. Bodie,
    mhm…. transgression means going against the rule. it doesn’t have anything to do with the mainstream food. think about a diabetic eating candies and the pleasure s/he feels. that’s called transgression.
    so do you ever transgress? do you know of anybody who transgresses in relation to food?

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