This is a subtle, but direct affront to corporate capitalism. So, you'd think that people who claim
to resent the power of big corporations would jump at the chance to to take back some of their
power, especially for the payback offered by truly good nutrition. What saddens me is the constant
refrains from those I tell about my choices: "Sounds nice, but I simply don't have time to eat like
that." "Oh, I have no patience/no talent for cooking." These statements represent a voluntary
surrender of a precious freedom in an alleged republic: the freedom to choose. When we claim to
be at the mercy of outside circumstances in such a basic act of eating, what are we saying about
our control of our economic-political system? If we cannot, as citizens and consumers, make our
institutions serve us in this most basic of arenas, how can we hope to make them serve us in
(1) Robbins, John. Diet for a New America. Stillpoint Publishing, 1987, 215.
(2) Ibid., pp. 191-193.
(3) Lyman, Howard. Radio interview on KKUP, April 25, 1996.
(4) Guyette, Curt. "How Now, Toxic Cow?", Metro Santa Cruz, March 27-April 3, 1996.
(5) Cousens, Gabriel, M.D. Conscious Eating, Vision Books International, 1992, 22-23.
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