I have a new piece in the Delaware Journal of Public Health on ways that food rules often handcuff sustainability and hurt public health. The piece, Policies that Challenge Food Sustainability and Public Health, is based largely on the issues and topics I focus on in my forthcoming book, Biting the Hands that Feed Us, but with a more specific focus both on public health and on issues relevant to Delaware readers.
Here's an excerpt from the article, which is part of an issue that's devoted solely to food:
Our food system is awash in rules. Some of these rules—like those that help keep toxins or harmful bacteria out of the food supply—are vitally important. But many food rules are wasteful and counterproductive.
Rather than combating many of the environmental, economic, and health problems that plague our food system, such rules instead exacerbate these problems. Consider that local laws on the books in many cities around the country prohibit people from growing fruits and vegetables in their yards. If produce can be expensive, and if there are important public-health benefits to be gained from eating more fruits and vegetables, then laws that make it more difficult to grow one’s own food are simply counterproductive.
Read the rest of the article and the full issue of the Delaware Journal of Public Health here. My article appears on pp. 18-19.