Fair food.

Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin, the French gourmet and lawyer, famously said in 1825 “tell me what you eat, and I will tell you what you are.”  In his days, that would have been relatively easy – people ate poultry, vegetables from the garden, soups, bread and a few fruits. Jean might have been able to tell quite a bit about someone from his diet back then, but his task would have been a lot harder today.   What you eat matters. There are dozens of reports that link food and cancer, for example. And food clearly matters in terms of weight and obesity. Some foods make you happy. Others make  you sad. Food can make you attractive, or even smarter. It’s hard to think of something that would matter more, in fact, than what we all eat. The problem is that few of us own farms, and almost no one eats what they grow or hunt anymore. Most of us eat manufactured food, which sets up a natural incentive for those manufacturers to figure out ways to sell more food at higher prices to us. Let’s start with labels. There is essentially no single organization that regulates what manufacturers can put on their labels, with the exception of the Food Nutrition Label, which is somewhat regulated by the FDA (that’s the label with all the calories and the cholesterol/sodium amount)....

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