I've noticed that when it comes to food, like most things in life that matter, the truth tends to lie somewhere in the middle. Which is why I try--though often fail-- to straddle the fence, and maintain an unbiased perspective on food issues.
For this reason, I try to avoid blanket statements and superlatives...
No, I don't think organic is perfect.
No, I don't obsess over "superfoods."
No, gluten is not evil.
In fact, I don't think any foods are inherently good or bad. I think that if sustainably cultivated, properly prepared, and responsibly consumed... nearly any food can be apart of a healthy diet.
The "best" food to eat, is a personal question, that needs to factor in your specific nutritional, geographic, social, and economic situation.
This sort of fence-straddling ideology represents my take on the entire food system from farm to table, attempting to call attention to how much we really don't know about food.
I mean... one minute were all avoiding butter, and the next minute healthy fat is all we need to survive! In order to not fall victim to the constant scare-tactics and agenda driven marketing, it's imperative that we each go on an individual food quest... experimenting, asking questions, and...
As we dig into this world of food, we will inevitably find many problems... but I assure you the solution isn't just avoiding gluten... or juicing more often.
Food issues have a head-dizzying amount of contributing factors, from soil-quality to our evolutionarily primed obsession with sugar... and pragmatic solutions are sure to be a multi-front effort.
With that being said, I think a big factor is the recent technological advances in agriculture and food processing. And while many have been beneficial, they have also caused cultural shifts, slowly alienating the average person from their food.
The good news is... recent years have seen huge strides toward toward the reclamation of our food!
It's an edible-revolution, sparked by a technologically-driven social exchange of information, being fought with spending power by average consumers like you and I, slowly demanding more quality, transparency, and responsibility from farmers, producers, and chefs.