Food Writing, From my Perspective…

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” ― Virginia Woolf, A Room of One's Own

Food Writing Facts & Some Vocab

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In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan, Michael Pollan uses the example of the ways that the way we eat has changed every generation. He states, “Today in America the culture of food is changing more than once a generation, which is historically unprecedented-and dizzying”(4). Another thing Pollan states, “You may well, and rightly, wonder who am I to tell you how to eat? Here I am advising you to reject the advice of science and industry-and then blithely go on to offer my own advice. So on whose authority do I purport to speak? I speak mainly on the authority of tradition and common sense” (13). He knows that there are two sides to every story; he knows that everyone has opinion. And what he is trying to say is that he can tell you, the reader, what he believes and what he knows is true, but he does not expect the reader to change their mind to believe what he believes. Anything a manifesto can do is just put your argument and ideas out into the world, you are not forcing anybody to change their opinion, you are only trying to expand their knowledge and open their mind to other ideas.

Some Vocab


According to “10 Steps to Becoming a Locavore”, Locavores are people who care about and pay attention to where their food comes from, and they commit to eating local food as much as they can. They travel to their local farmers markets and buy the food that they know that is grown locally.

In Locavore: The new organic, they say that all the groups had the same idea and that was, “eating locally helps the environment, improves health, stimulates the local economy, and simply tastes better.”


According to, a polemic is something that stirs up controversy by having a negative opinion, usually aimed at a particular group.

A piece of writing can be a polemic, just like Mary Rechner’s article, Why I Hate Food.

Government Subsidy

A government subsidy is financial assistance provided by a government to another business or industry. Subsidies are given to keep otherwise unprofitable ventures in business, they are given to help improve the economy.

According to Why Does the US Government Give Out Farm Subsides? They say that the government subsidies are given to domestic farmers and agribusinesses as a means to supplement their income and manage the supply and pricing of certain commodities. “The government argues that now, more than ever, farm subsidies secure the domestic farm sector as a measure of homeland security.”

Organic Food

In Organic Food: Worth the Cost? It states that, “What makes organic food different is the way it’s grown and produced. For example, only fertilizers like compost or manure can be used; chemical fertilizers are out, as are most synthetic herbicides, pesticides and antibiotics. Animals must be raised on organic feed and have access to the outdoors.”

According to Organic Food — Is ‘Natural’ Worth the Extra Cost? People who buy organic foods are seeking assurance that food production is gentle to the earth, and they are looking for safer, purer, more natural foods.

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A Vegetarian is someone who doesn’t eat meat. There are many reasons why people choose to become vegetarians. They choose to become vegetarians for reasons other than cost; they choose to become one due to parental preferences, religious or other beliefs, and health issues. Also, people may choose a vegetarian diet because of their concern over animal rights or the environment.

According to Becoming a Vegetarian, there are different forms of vegetarianism. “A true vegetarian eats no meat at all, including chicken and fish. A lacto-ovo vegetarian eats dairy products and eggs, but excludes meat, fish, and poultry. It follows, then, that a lacto vegetarian eats dairy products but not eggs, whereas an ovo vegetarian eats eggs but not dairy products. A stricter form of vegetarianism is veganism. Not only are eggs and dairy products excluded from a vegan diet, so are animal products like honey and gelatin.”


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