The Food Network is so friggin’ popular it churns out celebrity hosts like your grammy used to churn butter – quick and fabulous. Alton Brown is ’Jonas Brothers famous’ and gets a ga-gillion viewers each episode of his hit show Good Eats. This is important to know because he’s decided to start talking sustainability, and lots and lots of people are going to hear him.
He became interested in sustainable foods after his five year old daughter figured out the chicken on her plate was actually one of those cute chickens from a farm. Brown says, “I realized that we’re so disconnected from our food — where it lives or grows, how it dies, how it’s processed. None of us in this culture are really living sustainably.”
The fun-loving host is worried that food shows popularity have contributed to the obesity problem in America and explains, ”I’ve struggled with weight all my life, and probably always will. But I was on my most recent book tour I was shocked by the number of overweight families,” he says. “People would come up to me and say, ‘Oh, we love the Food Network.’ Well, no (expletive); did you eat the TV? There’s only four of you and you can’t ride in an elevator together. I’ll probably make fat people angry, but we need, as a culture, to be ashamed. It’s not “… healthy.”
Alton is developing shows on several sustainable food topics including, the future of food in America, food and globalization, and increasing longevity through diet.
I hope Alton keeps talking like that…I likey. Eat Local!