Holiday Gatherings and Celebrating Consumer Choice
New York Times columnist, Amy Chocizk, recognizing the generational culinary divide in her own family, recently penned a column where she wrote to “...investigate whether meals bring out the same generational and geographic rifts in other families. Can food, so often portrayed this time of year as the glue that binds a family together, also be the wedge that drives us apart?"
Expanded access to a variety of foods and improved technology for transportation and storage means today’s consumers can prepare and enjoy a wider variety of foods at home and while eating out more than ever before.
Research tells us that consumers want safe, wholesome and nutritious food raised in a way that meets their values. Safe, wholesome and nutritious food can be produced using a variety of ways, as Best Food Facts experts make clear. And it is exactly that abundant food choice that makes so many conversations about food fraught with potential conflict.
From the benefits of organic produce and grass-fed meat to concerns about genetically modified foods or animal health products, many consumers have strong opinions about the best food choices for their family.
So, when you sit down to that family meal to enjoy your vegan sister’s company and your meat-eating uncle’s jokes, we know the chef has to accommodate your mother’s aversion to spice and your young nephew’s food allergy. Today’s food questions go beyond personal flavor preferences. Knowing what is true and what is not will help you make the best food choice possible for you and your family.
We invite you to ask our experts your most pressing questions in 2013. And if, despite your best effort, the food discussion gets heated over your mom’s roast turkey, remember what Ms. Chocizk’s father told her, “The main thing is that we’re all at the table, not the food that is on it.”
Happy Holidays from all of us at Best Food Facts.
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