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The dinner divide

(article, Culinate staff)

The cover headline says it all: '"The That's what this week's issue of Newsweek has dubbed the food-justice gap, aka the gaping hole between what the rich in America can afford to consume (organic, local, and all that) and what the poor are stuck with eating (industrial junk, mostly). 

As with the recent pop-cultural shenanigans surrounding food economist Raj Patel, the divide is described in religious terms: people who are interested in what they eat, care about food politics, and are willing to spend money on good-quality food are "disciples of Michael Pollan."

None of this is new, of course, except for the fact that "the foodie gap" has widened in tandem with the spreading gap between America's richest and poorest.

In another recent article, the Washington Post_ declared that the foodie wars between the haves and the have-nots is actually between liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans. In other words, if you hate Obama, you must also love Twinkies.