Alice Waters, one of the major movers and shakers in the Real Food Revolution, actually got 15 minutes of prime time mainstream media coverage last night. On 60 Minutes.
The reporter covering the story, Leslie Stahl, didn’t seem convinced. At one point in the video below, Alice Waters made Ms. Stahl breakfast. Her goal? To show how quickly Real Food could be prepared and how tasty it can be.
That was when Ms. Stahl’s voice-over pointed out that Alice Waters lived in a different world. Why? Alice didn’t own a microwave. Heaven forbid! How do you live without a microwave? Ms. Stahl asked. Is this practical for busy moms? Should we really expect them to chop tomatoes, toast bread, and cook eggs each morning?
From there, Ms. Stahl only got more annoying. Her final, ultra-heavy-hitting question had to do with whether or not, in this economy, we could afford to eat this way. Could we afford to teach our children how to grow and cook their own food, as Alice Waters does with her Edible Schoolyard project in a Berkeley, CA school?
Alice had the right response. “We can’t afford not to.”
On so many levels, she’s right. As Ed Bruske of The Slow Cook asked last week: Why do we feed our children like pigs? It’s only leading to heart disease, diabetes, cancer, depression, and a host of neurological spectrum disorders.
But on top of all that, there’s Ms. Stahl’s assumption that it’s somehow more expensive to grow and cook your own food than it is to buy pre-packaged convenience foods and fast foods which are the product of industrialized agriculture.
Why do people keep thinking this way?
I feed a family of four nothing but wholesome, nutrient-dense Real Food on less than $400/month. Granted, it’s not all ideal. I prioritize what I will and won’t spend money on. And, I’ve talked about that elsewhere. My main point here, though, is my amazement at just how brain washed the public is.
Do we honestly believe that it’s cheaper to eat out than to cook fresh meals at home?
Anyhow, I don’t mean to sound so negative. The piece is actually a really great introduction to a lot of the principles of Slow Food, and Alice Waters has a lot of good answers to Leslie Stahl’s “hard-hitting” questions.
All in all, it was a WIN.
And, as Alice said last month in an interview with Spiegel Online, “most of what we eat is not Real Food.”
I think the message may be starting to sink in.
Watch the video below and tell me what you think!