Election week is finally here!
I’m pretty sure using food preferences as a way to decide which candidate to vote for is a poor choice, but I did enjoy this list of the candidate’s favorite foods from Zagat.
Similarly, James Norton explored the symbolism behind Romney and Obama’s fast food choices on Chow.
Both of this year’s main candidates are from cities with pretty awesome food. Chow has a fun comparison of Boston and Chicago’s best foods, by category.
On the more serious side, food is a part of this year’s election, even if it’s not the biggest priority for most people.
Civil Eats highlights some of the food related issues this year, as well as sharing about a new site called Food Policy Action on which you can search by state to find out how your legislators are voting on food policy (plus what’s pending). It’s a really interesting site and well worth a look.
Michael Pollan wrote an editorial in the NY Times focusing on California’s Proposition 37 (which would require the labeling of genetically modified foods) in which he discusses that fact that “one of the more interesting things we will learn on Nov. 6 is whether or not there is a “food movement” in America worthy of the name — that is, an organized force in our politics capable of demanding change in the food system.” I’m really excited to see how the Prop 37 vote turns out.
Marion Nestle also has some ideas about how Tuesday’s election will affect food politics, especially given the corporations supporting each of the candidates, the power of lobbyists and Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move program.
Those displaced in New Jersey following Hurricane Sandy are being allowed to vote by email or fax, just like deployed military personnel, or at locations other than their usual polling place. I think that’s pretty awesome.
The above image is pretty self explanatory, but if you need more details watch Hank Green’s latest video.
Tuesday’s the day, don’t forget to vote!