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Clean Eating magazine's January/February 2012 issue

What Is the Occupy Big Food Movement, and Is It the Right Move for Change?

Clean Eating magazine's January/February 2012 issue

The proliferation of magazines like Clean Eating indicate a national trend toward better eating habits.

While Americans seem to be moving toward healthier food choices, the Occupy Big Food movement believes more must be done to change large food corporations.

These days, people are occupying streets (at least the ones named “Wall”) and cities, expressing their desire to put an end to financial greed and corruption. And while we know that exists, the Occupy movement is expanding to something that directly affects us all.

While most of us were occupying spots at the dinner table over the holidays, the Occupy Big Food movement got underway in November. This time protesters are urging Americans to call for change in large food corporations.

Specifically, the Occupy Big Food movement’s goals are to raise public consciousness, call for an end to destructive practices in food corporations, and urge Americans to develop an alternative food system.

On a small scale, the case could be made that collectively the country is moving in the right–or at least a healthier–direction, with increased awareness of eating locally grown foods. Certainly that helps, but the Occupy Big Food movement would argue that there is much more work and education to be done.

An Occupy Big Food blog cites startling numbers, indicating that the vast majority of meats and vegetables produced in this country come from a handful of corporations.

For example, of the 221 million pounds of turkey consumed this past Thanksgiving, 30 percent came from Butterball and 50 percent of the groceries for our feasts were bought at four supermarket chains, according to Conglomer-ATE, which provided the numbers.

Several clean eating magazines have regularly been drawing attention to the importance of knowing where our food comes from and the benefits to supporting local farmers in multiple articles.

Whether this is the most constructive path to change remains to be seen. But perhaps the Occupy Big Food movement can build on growing awareness and lend some organization and a louder voice to this important cause. And hopefully, Occupy Wall Street detractors won’t be turned off by its name.