Feministing's "Academic Feminist" Election SPECTACULAR!

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Feministing's "Academic Feminist" Election SPECTACULAR!

The fantastic site Feministing has asked a bunch of academic feminists for their insights about the 2012 election—from which issues have been misrepresented and underrepresented, to those that have been ignored completely.

My friend Gwendolyn who edited this piece asked me to contribute—here's my entry on "food ethics" (below). The entire post, with commentary from a range of brilliant academic feminists, can be read HERE.

Food ethics, by which I mean the ethical practices of the “food movement” that span the domains of animal rights, environmental, health, and labor concerns, is a sorely neglected issue in this election.  With the unyielding preoccupation with the economy (and off-now-on-the-books wars), Big Ag deep in Congressional  pockets,  and voters’ inability to think beyond their pocketbooks (or their stomachs), is there any wonder why food ethics has not even registered on the electoral radar? Romney has ties to Monsanto—the “Agent Orange” industrial chemical company turned “biotech” seed maker  that spent $1.4 million dollars lobbying Washington politicians last year—via Bain Capital, and has even said that he supported the “Monsanto rider” provision in the Farm Bill currently sitting in the House, which  won’t be deliberated on the House Floor until after the election—quelle surprise. Obama isn’t much better, feigning ignorance when confronted with questions of food ethics and even appointing Monsanto-approved former Governor of Iowa Tom Vilsack as USDA Chief in 2008.  One only needs to revisit horrifying documentaries like Food, Inc. (2008) and HBO’s recent series The Weight of the Nation (2012) to understand that all species, human or otherwise, live symbolically on the earth’s increasingly fragile eco-system. Our ethics, our food ethics, affect more than just our personal health. Food ethics will undoubtedly remain under the radar until Big Ag loses its stranglehold on government, both state and nationwide. This will require that all special interest groups that comprise “food ethics,” from animal rights to food safety regulation, build a coalition to combat those multinational corporations who, Wendell Berry explains, “will grow, deliver, and cook your food for you and (just like your mother) beg you to eat it. That they do not yet offer to insert it, prechewed, into your mouth is only because they have found no profitable way to do so.”