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Justification Sola Granola

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Doug Wilson has some keen cultural insights into the current sub-cultural preoccupation with natural ‘hipster’ foods.  This is not all that different from the overlapping sub-cultures that claim salvation through recycling (sola recycling), and salvation through carbon neutral footprint (sola climata).  In the interest of self-disclosure, I do shop at Whole Foods, mainly due to Celiac Disease though.  I think there is some merit to some less-industrialized, less-processed food, however, Wilson’s cultural analysis is still keen and, in my view, correct.

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  1. There’s one point that he didn’t deal with and a rather large one at that. What of the treatment of the animals in our industrialized food economy? I don’t say this to be a tree-hugging, animal loving, environmentalist. Rather, one who thinks of how God cares for all of his creation.

    Another thought, industrialized food in America is heavily subsidized by the government. Thus, it in actually is no cheaper than more ‘organic’, local food. The cost is simply shifted from purchase price to federal taxes. Thus the producers can sell at prices vastly under the production price because they receive funds from elsewhere. This, in my mind, is an unsustainable system.

    Graham Buck

    January 29, 2010 at 11:48 am

    • Oh yeah, just to say, I would not disagree with him that people replace religion with ecology, etc. Just that some of his conclusions from this premise are not fully thought out.

      Graham Buck

      January 29, 2010 at 11:49 am

  2. I have similar criticisms of the industrial food complex. I think the brunt of Wilson’s article was aimed at self-righteous-ecology trying to offset welled up shame. However, I think it is a weakness of the article. Is Moscow (Idaho) in the middle of the Idaho potato industrial food complex?

    I have witnessed my grandparents live 30+ years more than they should have, all things considered (colon cancer, 4 heart attacks, quad-bypass surgery, knee replacement…). They have done this on the strength of exercise combined with a no fat and no salt diet. There is merit to how/what we eat.

    Michael Graham

    January 29, 2010 at 2:26 pm


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