Published: May 18, 2011
By: Jeff Benedict
For a couple of years my wife, Lydia, had been encouraging me to write a book on the food industry. I resisted, saying guys like Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser did that. I write nonfiction stories, usually ones built around legal disputes. I couldn’t see how to do a compelling legal story around food.
Then something happened. Lydia’s concern about food safety revolutionized the way our family eats. This did not happen gradually. One week she cleaned out our cupboards and refrigerator, getting rid of everything from brand-name cereal to frozen meat to staple products like butter, flour, and sugar. Even the salt and pepper went. Then she restocked our kitchen with organic foods. We also started going directly to small local farms to purchase our meat, poultry, and dairy products.