Michael Pollan’s Supermarket Pastoral illustrates the nation’s organic food craze. Over the past few decades, more and more American’s are showing a heightened interest in the food they consume. People are choosing to shop at places such as Whole Foods and Fresh Market instead of at large chains such as Wal-Mart or Kroger. They are also, in most cases, choosing to spend much more on food. As Pollan states, the organic food industry has become an $11 billion industry. Why are so many people forgoing their previous food choices and switching to organic? Continue reading
Growing up on a farm in a small town in southern Kentucky, the simple life was something that I grew up surrounded by, not just something I now want to get back to. For as long as I can remember my family has got together at the beginning of each spring and planted a huge garden between our farms, rows and rows of all the fruits and vegetables that you could ever imagine. The garden is a family effort and we all work together to maintain it. The reward from the garden is that it feeds my entire extended family and their friends and families for the whole summer, plus at the end we still have enough left to freeze and can for the fall and winter. I remember when my great-grandmother was still alive we would still have her frozen creamed corn at Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners and it tasted so fresh, like it had just been picked.
In past years and semesters I have launched and produced a podcast called Et in Arcaida Ego. This podcast is available on iTunes and can be subscribed to through any number of sources and platforms across the web. The goal is to have interesting, intellectually stimulating conversation about any issue of culture that in some ways alludes to pastoral themes, tensions, or motifs. It’s been a long time since I’ve recorded an episode, and past topics have included attitudes toward the death of the printed newspaper, organic food, and attitudes toward the Clinton administration. We talk about books, films, music, and any other topics of interest. Continue reading