Ignorance is bliss, as the old saying goes and it is hard to imagine in today’s world that one could possibly remain ignorant for long. We are inundated with information and media at every turn. From magazines to newspapers, from television to music, from the internet to PDAs, the availability of knowledge and resources has never been greater. And yet, when it comes to our consumption choices, especially those which involve the food we eat, many people are tuned out, uninformed or worse, misinformed by the magic of advertising. Drawing on the Marxist concept of alienation, I argue in this article that we as a society have perverted our relationship to the food we buy and eat and that this current trend in consumption separates us not only from the food but also from each other and our selves. I have been actively fighting this battle myself over the past few years. As Morgan Spurlock (2005:6) notes in Don’t Eat This Book, “the epidemic of overconsumption that’s plaguing the nation begins with the things we put in our mouths.” I want to have a better understanding of the choices I make and at the very least, be aware of my own consumption patterns and how they impact my life.



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