“My belief,” the ’splainer says, “outweighs your experience. What I think matters more than the information you are presenting me with about what is actually lived.”
shouldn't the railing and ranting be against the obstacles, not against people who are actively trying to change the system for the better, to benefit everyone?
Isn't there a conceptual difference between talking about food choices in the abstract and criticizing others specifically?
Are you reading the comments in this thread? I'm confused at to whom your comment is aimed.
This would have made more sense to me as an FPP if there was a link to someone who had been criticizing the disabled for not eating sufficiently local/vegan/whatever.
The blog post is unnecessarily fighty. It's not a newsflash that people with disabilities have a harder time eating well -- disabilities make it harder. To do stuff. All stuff. So does poverty.
"You have exactly half an hour to prepare dinner, with no help. GO! Bonus: Dinner for four." This is where the list really breaks down for me. This has nothing to do with any disorder or disability I am familiar with, this is just about bad planning.
Fresh produce, dried beans, pastas, and grains are very cheap in comparison with meat, and they are bulky and pack lots of fiber, making them good at being filling and fighting hunger. Sure, if by 'vegan' you mean eating things like processed sun-dried tomato ravioli with soy cheese, pine nuts and imported Italian extra-virgin olive oil, that's going to be expensive. But if you are eating a pretty simple diet based on whole ingredients, it's very cheap.
Few or none? Because still haven't seen ANYONE criticize the disabled for the food preparation choices they make.
As for the second part of your sentence, are we now saying that people can never make general propositions without including a laundry list of people it might not apply to? Can we not say "it's important to exercise" without including a disclaimer that obviously we don't mean to exclude those who are unable to exercise due to some medical condition? I mean, a general proposition that healthy eating is a good thing is undeniably true, and until I see an example of somebody specifically criticizing a disabled individual for making less healthy but easier food prep choices, this whole framing device seems ridiculous.
As for the second part of your sentence, are we now saying that people can never make general propositions without including a laundry list of people it might not apply to?
If I were to say "people should eat more dairy because dairy has calcium which can prevent bone loss, and vitamin D which can benefit mood" I am certainly not lumping in severely lactose-intolerant persons in with "people".
Attacking someone for making a broad proposition that it is important to eat locally/healthy and failing to make an explicit disclaimer that they are not including the disabled in their general proposition seems as ludicrous as attacking them for failing to explicitly exclude sailors on a submarine from that same list.
"I'm not a vegetarian. Now, don't get me wrong -- I like animals. And I don't think it's just fine to industrialize their production and to churn them out like they were wrenches. But there's no way to treat animals well when you're killing 10 billion of them a year. Kindness might just be a bit of a red herring. Let's get the numbers of animals we're killing for eating down, and then we'll worry about being nice to the ones that are left."
I realize this might be getting pretty far afield from the FPP link, but I want to respond to this.
He wants to make it easier, more convenient and cheap to feed your kids and yourself good, healthy, whole foods. It's really that easy.
Man, if I ever meet this mystery person who is expecting you to cook three meals a day, I'm going to really give them the what-for.
Okay. Then will you stop pretending that people expect you to cook three meals a day?
if you have a window of time to make some food, then make a bunch of it and eat the rest as leftovers.
And also, Pollan talks extensively about the barriers various people have to accessing quality food and the time to prepare it.
Also, cooking for yourself does not equate to "cook three meals a day." You're trading in hyperbole and it's muddying the conversation.
To be fair, you did say that people were expecting you to make three meals a day.
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