Bittman’s NYT Op-Ed ‘What is the Purpose of Society?’

15 Feb

Food must not become an addiction when it is meant to be a healer. Balance is Key!

JoAnn Chateau

New York Times columnist Mark Bittman poses a question about society.

What Is the Purpose of Society?

The world of food and agriculture symbolizes most of what’s gone wrong in the United States. But because food is plentiful for most people, and the damage that conventional agriculture does isn’t readily evident to everyone, it’s important that we look deeper, beyond food, to the structure that underlies most decisions: the political economy. […]

It’s clear to most everyone, regardless of politics, that the big issues — labor, race, food, immigration, education and so on – must be ‘fixed,’ and that fixing any one of these will help with the others. But this kind of change must begin with an agreement about principles, specifically principles of human rights and well-being rather than principles of making a favorable business climate.

Shouldn’t adequate shelter, clothing, food and health care be universal? Isn’t everyone owed…

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