Is Food Knowledge Food Power?

On Food and Thought

Let's face it. We live in a media-saturated, information-overload kind of world. We are slammed from all sides with reports of arsenic in our apple juice, salmonella in our meat, fake honey on grocery store shelves, and egregious abuses in the food industry across the board. It's overwhelming! And how does all this info affect the way you eat?

It seems that every day, something else is deemed unsafe. From recalls on spinach to sick cattle, bad food makes for quick headlines. But how quickly do you let that dictate your eating habits?

Now, the National Research Council is advocating for more information to be made public about the findings in slaughterhouses. Imagine what having that information publicly available could do to the public's perspective on the meat they eat.

What do you think? Do you prefer to know more or less about your food sources? On the one hand, we think that some studies are alarmist (that "fake honey?" Turns out it was just a moniker mix-up) and mistakenly lead us to abandon perfectly fine foods. On the other, concerns about food safety are at the forefront of everyone's minds—so the more information, the better.

Tell us what you think!

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(Image: Flickr member BinaryApe, licensed for use under Creative Commons. Originally published 2009-08-12)