When it comes to the state of America’s food and agriculture systems, it is unlikely we will ever agree with Eric Schlosser [“Healthy food for all: Why is that elitist?,” Outlook, May 1]. There is no doubt that a handful of thought leaders aspire to
dictate what is placed on America’s dinner tables. That’s not
name-calling; it’s the context of our nation’s ongoing food debate. What should be un-debatable is that today Americans have more
food choices and spend less of their disposable income on food than
practically anyone else on Earth. Americans are living longer than ever;
part of that progress must be attributed to the quality and safety of
our food production system. Family-owned farms make up more than 97
percent of our nation’s farms, and there is plenty of room for those who
choose to farm for fancy stores and high-end restaurants. We also want
to make sure that food choices are preserved for Americans who want to
make the most of their food dollars. The food revolution sought by
Mr. Schlosser and others may indeed come to pass, but it will not
happen without genuine consumer demand, resulting market signals and the
possibility of commercial success for America’s farm and ranch
families. The debate does not need to be as confrontational as Mr.
Schlosser and others have made it.