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Question: Can organic food be mass produced?

 

David Chang: It’s not feasible because I read a stat recently that says like if we were supposed to feed the entire U.S. population organically or sustain it, we don’t have enough land or resources to do so.  But I think it’s a goal worth trying. 

If you haven’t been to a a community pork producer; or seen pictures of where animals are raised in pens, and unable to move, and the smell, and it’s just completely terrible.

I think that it will change the way you view things. 

And you can contrast that with massive fields where piggies are running around and rolling in mud and they’re happy.  It’s completely different.  A happier animal and the way it’s raised, the way it’s been grown, might not necessarily make better food, but it tastes better because what went behind it. 

I don’t really care too much about the heritage breed or about stuff like that.  That’s important, but I think what’s more important is how it’s raised. 

You can make a big difference. It’s already happening.  People are buying more heritage pork or stuff like that.  The notice is out there.  And that’s the craziest thing as a restaurateur or a chef, to see the impact certain things can have.

 

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It was New Year's Eve on Big Think and one short blog post was attracting a lot of attention. The post warned consumers to be skeptical of labels that say "organic," which do not tell you all you ... Read More…

 

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