Aesthetics and the senses / Food and Culture

Peach (a) Raw Look at America

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The above image represents a fundamental change beginning to take hold in America. As a result of a rise in obesity, there is a slowly gaining trend heading in which individuals are starting pay much more attention to what they eat. From documentaries examining the brutal conditions farm animals, examining the effect of pesticides or preservation methods. The world of food is become a much more central topic for discussion. Ironically, in the attempt to educate oneself on nutrition can actually be more difficult task than it seems. There is so much information out in the limitless scope of the internet, it becomes difficult to discern fact from fiction, and whose advice to follow. The internet had the affect of giving the entire population a medium for their voice. The problem with this however, is that there are many instances where individuals use ideas from someone else s research, and either directly or indirectly misapply the concept to further their theories. As such, the image attempts to reaffirm the notion that the nutrition label is unbiased, and is purely factual and accurate. When glancing over the nutrition facts for the peach, it becomes clear that it is filled with many essential vitamins, and has very low calories. But this type of readily available nutritional information is often absent when eating fast food or out at a restaurant, nor is it present on fruits or vegetables like shown in the image. In fact, at most places nutritional information must be asked for, and is often not anywhere on or near the food when the consumer purchases it. What the image doesn’t make note of, sadly, is the fact that many people also do not know even know how to read a nutritional label, which would have to point to an apparent failure of schools or some of the health administrations. The presence of the fruit by itself in the image is significant due to the fact that it is something, along with vegetables, that desperately needs to be more present in the American diet. In the world of the fast paced, capitalist society, a typical day for many people is often so busy that there is little or no time to sit down and prepare a meal. The single peach is a strong contrast to this, it does not need to be prepared, is readily available, and isn’t processed. I think the fact that a peach is the chosen fruit for the image is not random. Peaches are sweet, juicy, and one of  the more popular fruits.

The above image represents a fundamental change beginning to take hold in America. As a result of a rise in obesity, there is a slowly gaining trend heading in which individuals are starting pay much more attention to what they eat. From documentaries examining the brutal conditions farm animals, examining the effect of pesticides or preservation methods. The world of food is become a much more central topic for discussion. Ironically, in the attempt to educate oneself on nutrition can actually be more difficult task than it seems. There is so much information out in the limitless scope of the internet, it becomes difficult to discern fact from fiction, and whose advice to follow. The internet had the affect of giving the entire population a medium for their voice. The problem with this however, is that there are many instances where individuals use ideas from someone else s research, and either directly or indirectly misapply the concept to further their theories. As such, the image attempts to reaffirm the notion that the nutrition label is unbiased, and is purely factual and accurate. When glancing over the nutrition facts for the peach, it becomes clear that it is filled with many essential vitamins, and has very low calories. But this type of readily available nutritional information is often absent when eating fast food or out at a restaurant, nor is it present on fruits or vegetables like shown in the image. In fact, at most places nutritional information must be asked for, and is often not anywhere on or near the food when the consumer purchases it. What the image doesn’t make note of, sadly, is the fact that many people also do not know even know how to read a nutritional label, which would have to point to an apparent failure of schools or some of the health administrations. The presence of the fruit by itself in the image is significant due to the fact that it is something, along with vegetables, that desperately needs to be more present in the American diet. In the world of the fast paced, capitalist society, a typical day for many people is often so busy that there is little or no time to sit down and prepare a meal. The single peach is a strong contrast to this, it does not need to be prepared, is readily available, and isn’t processed. I think the fact that a peach is the chosen fruit for the image is not random. Peaches are sweet, juicy, and one of  the more popular fruits.

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One thought on “Peach (a) Raw Look at America

  1. I think your image and post are really interesting. The image makes a complicated point in a very simple and direct way. I’ve also been confused by the huge amount of (sometimes conflicting) nutrition information on the internet. One food may have more calcium than another, but is it in a digestible form? GMO’s? DHA? BPA in the lining of cans? We all know we should avoid too much sugar and salt… but how bad is it, really? Every month brings a new sugar-filled holiday… if I keep my son away from the candy, am I keeping him healthy or alienating him from his culture? Maybe both?

    My husband is 6’5″ and gets most of his calories from fruit. No matter how long we’re married, I just can’t get used to this. He’s shown me that if you eat 2000 calories worth of fruit a day, you get plenty of protein, calcium, and vitamins (although not enough fat). Yet I was brought up to see fruit as a garnish, not a food. I don’t remember ever eating a piece of raw fruit as a child, although I’m sure it must have happened at some point. Maybe an occasional banana on my Fruit Loops. As an adult, it’s really difficult to reverse this impression. Culture plays a huge part in diet. But I agree with you that our culture is starting to change and care much more about nutrition. I’m pretty optimistic about the future.

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