This article explores the dynamics of a discursive contest between a “Real Food” frame in which, for concerned consumers and activists, processed food is an unhealthy product of a troubled food system, and a “Real Facts” frame in which, for food science and food industry advocates, processed food is a solution to the need to provide abundant, safe, and nutritious food. The analysis focuses on two school curricula that are vying to teach children “where food comes from.” I argue that the “food” in these two curricula is not the same thing. Within the Food, Inc. Discussion Guide, food is connection, responsibility, and politics. The Alliance to Feed the Future curricula respond with a strategic anti-politics of food, asserting that food can only be “what it obviously is” and framing Real Food's challenge as scientific and technical ignorance.
The Politics of Food Anti-Politics
Charlotte Biltekoff is Associate Professor of American Studies and Food Science and Technology at the University of California, Davis, where she builds bridges between social scientific, humanistic and scientific approaches to food and health. She is the author of Eating Right in America: The Cultural Politics of Food and Health (Duke University Press, 2013).
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Charlotte Biltekoff; The Politics of Food Anti-Politics. Gastronomica 1 November 2016; 16 (4): 44–57. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/gfc.2016.16.4.44
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