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The Politics of Food

In Uncategorized on February 7, 2012 at 10:49 am

Dear Edible Buffalo Readers:

Since the release of the winter 2012 issue of Edible Buffalo’s editorial, You Are What You Eat, I have received heated feedback, but not the constructive dialogue I was hoping to invite. Due to recent heedless comments, I have decided to address the issue and further explain my original intentions for this editorial.

By Carole Topalian

Food choices are personal, just as politics are. When one takes the initiative to make their views known, they are welcoming debate. The intention of the editorial in the winter issue was to relay a very personal experience. It was during said lunch where I and Edible Buffalo were attacked for publicizing a pig roast, from someone who was very self-righteous. This woman talked the talk but she wasn’t the picture of health that she was boasting to be. I am a former vegetarian and have a mostly plant-based diet, which she wasn’t aware of, but decided to be critical anyway. We all enter social situations with our own baggage and noise, but it’s how we react to predicaments that show our true character.

Unfortunately, my attempt to start a conversation about food choices with this editorial, and discuss why we make these food choices and explain to our community why they are beneficial, has turned into antagonizing emails and accusatory Facebook posts. I hope the audience is ready to share their personal stories, have an educated discussion and realize that no one is right or wrong in this situation.

In the pages of Edible Buffalo we try to meet the dietary likes of all Western New Yorkers, with interesting profiles, news related tales and innovative recipes. I hope that you continue to follow our stories and participate in worthwhile communication with a common goal of eating local, and continue to bring the farm to table mission home.


Michelle Blackley


Edible Buffalo

  1. I happen to agree with you that food choices are personal. I work with food choices all the time by filling order for Buffalo speciality foods. You are trying and succeeding to meet the dietary likes of Western NY. Keep up the good work. I for one will continue to follow.

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