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With her new book, Eat, Drink, Vote, Marion Nestle has taken a bit of a lighter approach to what can often be a grim and sober subject. Organic Connections, the magazine of Natural Vitality, has the latest.
Eat, Drink, Vote
In Eat, Drink, Vote Nestle continues to dispel the media-created myths about our food system and offers practical advice, applicable both individually and as a culture, on helping restore it to its rightful sustainable place.
But as was Nestle’s intent, the facts of the matter are made considerably more palatable by the short satirical comics found on nearly every page. For example, on the first page of the chapter “Today’s Food Marketing Environment,” in which the connection between overall declining American health and food marketing is explored, a cartoon appears showing a close-up of a man solemnly saying, “Even with the hectic pace of modern life…it’s important for a family to share a meal occasionally….” The next frame is “pulled back” a bit and it can be seen that the man is driving his car with his family, and they are eating fast food together. He says, “Just don’t spill anything on the seats!”
Another shows a group of tourists at the National Mall in Washington, DC, saying, “Wow, isn’t this amazing?! I mean, look! From here you can see a dozen famous American monuments!” Another in the same group is saying, “There’s McDonald’s!” while another points out, “I see a Starbucks!”
The cartoons and comic strips were provided by the Cartoonist Group, which licenses cartoons from over 50 leading cartoonists—many of them editorial cartoonists from nationally recognized newspapers, magazines and websites—with impressive credentials, including Pulitzer Prizewinners.
“The cartoons fell in my lap and I couldn’t think of anything that would be more fun to do,” Nestle said. “I’ve always used cartoons in my books, and doing this requires buying permission from the copyright holder, in this case the Cartoonist Group. In negotiating with its owner, Sara Thaves, about how much she was going to charge me for two cartoons in my last book, she mentioned that she had a lot of food cartoons that might work as a book. I jumped at the chance. She sent me 1,100 cartoons to pick from; that was the hardest part.”