Bestselling author Paul Roberts argues in his new book "The End of Food," that our global food economy is careening toward disaster. This week's Word for Word features a June 18th speech by Paul Roberts at the Commonwealth Club of California, where he discussed his book and how problems like food scarcity, food borne illness, obesity and malnutrition are all rooted in the industrial mass-production of food:
"No one pointed a gun to our head and said, 'You WILL eat this way, and you will live this way, and you will stop cooking, and you'll rely on convenience foods.' We did those because they made sense. On a day-to-day, week-to-week, year-to-year basis, it made sense to have someone else do your processing for you."But today, Roberts argues, people and the environment are suffering because of the world's dependence on processed foods. Hear Paul Roberts explain how we got to this point, what needs to be done about it, and his new book on the Word for Word web site.
Do you agree with Roberts that a lot of foods shouldn't be turned into industrialized products? Do you take time to think about where your food comes from? If you had to eliminate processed food from your diet, how would you do it?
Word for Word