If you are a fan of People (the magazine for masses with short attention
spans) click off right quick before you are unwittingly enlightened as to
what is happening around the world.
The Economist is not for readers with thinking mechanisms that drop off beyond the TV remote.
The Economist, published in London, is the most literate periodical in the world. It means different things to different readers. This Web site has one broad interest - food, as it appears in almost every weekly issue. Venture beyond and search for meaning of food production (worldwide), food in history, food required to feed a world of poor nations, and the politics of food distribution - there it is in The Economist.
For this Web site, The Economist is a mirror. It reflects this picture of this country.
• “The United States has become a land of behemoths. Enormous rumps over-hang bar-stools, and wheezing giants attempt to cram their blubber into little seats on aeroplanes. One of five Americans is now classed as obese. Genetic misfortune, cries the lobby of the larger-sized. Others spot the reason elsewhere, in soft-drink cups the size of small buckets, sacks of potato chips and all-you-can-eat food counters.” That lead the obituary of Dr. Frederick Stare. He knew us well.
USA’s welter of obesity, Frederick Stare played a role that was both vital and, at times, contradictory. Did you ever read about Dr. Stare in the USA? Chances not. He founded the Department of Nutrition at Harvard’s School of Public Health in 1942. He died in April, 2002. We hardly knew him. But, we should have.
• Did you know that half the world’s water supply is tainted with arsenic? Chances not.
• Do you know about the threat to the world’s source of humankind’s most important food flavoring - Vanilla? Do you know crystals of vanillin are being produced biologically?
The Economist tells us what is happening to foodstuffs around the globe, months before we read food blurbs moved by news wire services. Of course, The Economist reports on world currencies, international affairs and business. It is this Web’s intent to condense and convey food subjects culled from The Economist - once we have permission to do so.
This from The Economist masthead:
“First published in September 1843 to take part in ‘a severe contest between intelligence, which presses forward, and on unworthy, timid ignorance obstructing our progress.’”