I’m planning on attending two food events next month. Leave a comment below if you want to join me or just meet up afterwards for a debriefing.
I’m Cuckoo for Cocoa! (Hold the Puffs)
The first one (chronologically and gastronomically) is the 2006 Chocolate Show. I missed it last year, so I’m doubling my consumption goals for this year.
November 10-12. (We’re thinking of going on the 12th (Sunday). Change of plans: we’re going on Saturday.)
You Are What You Eat… But Do You Know What You’re Eating?
The second one, Food, Ethics and the Environment, is less tasty but more important. I’m not overly concerned with animal ethics; I’m much more worried about the health problems that modern farming techniques create. But the two frequently overlap, since, for example, a happier cow makes healthier beef.
That said, this conference interests me more for its guest list than its topic. Some of my favorite food authors will be there–and I don’t mean the the Ruth Reichl / Peter Mayle kind. I mean the Upton Sinclair kind. Check out this line-up:
- Eric Schlosser, author of Fast Food Nation–the book that started it all for me.
- Marion Nestle, author of Food Politics, which I’m reading now.
- And the one I’m most excited about, Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma–the best nonfiction book I’ve read in… ever.
- The conference is run by Peter Singer (author of Animal Liberation), whose recent book, The Way We Eat, presented some useful information, despite its annoyingly polemic tone.
From the conference’s web site:
- How industrial food production systems affect the environment, including such issues as water pollution, biodiversity and global warming.
- Comparison of locally grown and organic foods versus large scale industrial food production systems.
- Concern for the welfare of animals raised for meat, eggs and dairy products.
- Issues for institutions of scale, (e.g. universities), regarding food choices.