Category Archives: Food

New Meaning for Jumping the Shark

A small news article and a documentary tell us more about the ways in which human beings would behave differently, had they access to reality, though I realize that some readers do not believe in reality.

As a way of helping the audience here to have ready access to a phrase that could mean “becoming acquainted with the larger context of one’s actions,” I am proposing that we use “jumping the shark” for that purpose.  This new meaning can be based in a recent story in New York magazine about Alice Waters’ revelation that she probably should not have said that she wanted her last meal to be shark fin soup.  Ms. Waters did not know how shark fin soup made it to the bowl in front of her, and once she did, she did not want another bowl, thank you.

Similarly, The Cove ought to make many people more aware of the lengths businesses and governments will go to maintain secrecy about something that is part of many people’s daily lives, because they realize that if the truth emerges, people might make different choices.

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Agribusiness Wants You in a Persistent Vegetative State

You might need to wait to see Food, Inc. on DVD.  One theater in all of northern Texas is showing the documentary that will make you rethink your answer to the question: What’s happy about a Happy Meal?

Remember that the Texas beef industry sued Oprah and a vegetarian (Howard Lyman) for “beef defamation,” and lost. Maybe Food, Inc. will lead more people to adopt Oprah’s attitude.  The documentary illustrates the numerous ways some large agribusinesses do not want the public seeing, learning about, or thinking about the food from which their profits come.