Forget red states and blue states; the new public face-off is all about food, and lately it’s even dividing the better boroughs of New York City. The “Dear Brooklyn” poster, above, was created in response to this “Dear Manhattan” poster being sold on Etsy. But it’s not the first time we’ve seen turf wars incited by organic food. Underneath Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein‘s Portlandia “Is It Local?” skit about west coast food obsessions (below) is a divisive sentiment about food: That organic, local food is for rich hipster snobs, and they can stay in their well-to-do neighborhoods.
The poster above is pretty hilarious (as is Armisen and Brownstein’s depiction of obsession with meeting their dinner’s maker), because behind the joke, there’s a kernel of truth: Organic, local foods can be quite expensive, farmer’s markets tend to post up around affluent neighborhoods, and it’s hard not to come off as holier-than-thou when you’re touting organic produce over the sickly, toxic stuff that everyone else is stuck eating. Just this morning a friend’s ironic (but not) Facebook conversation relayed the same kind of tension between the CSA-obsessed and their less food ethic-obsessed friends:
Of couse, Manhattan has its share of consumers obsessed with organic, local, healthy food, and so do most states these days. It makes for good jokes and ironic Facebook conversations, but when it comes down to it, organic food is a pretty controversial issue. (Just watch Food, Inc., Forks Over Knives, or Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead for a non-comedic portrayal of the real food fights going on in the U.S.)
What’s your take on organic, local food – is it just for snobby foodies in Brooklyn and Porland(ia), or are CSAs and farmer’s markets just a modern fact of life?