All this nasty ultraprocessed food we’re eating:
The popularity of UPFs is symptomatic of something much bigger, and not just that Big Food is great at marketing and making irresistible, energy-dense foods. It’s about the primacy of work, long hours, low pay, hustle culture, structural inequalities, poverty and precarity. For most of us, it’s almost impossible to make so-called “good” food choices.
That’s simply insane ignorance. The history of working hours over the past century has been an increase in feamle paid working hours. A decrease in male paid working hours. A massive decrease in female unpaid working hours in the household (recall the charwoman in Keynes? Who is going to do nothing for ever and ever?) and a smaller decrease in male unpaid working hours in the household. The net of the four being a massive increase in leisure hours for both men and women.
We have more spare time today, not less.
Now, of course, we can go back to preparing all meals from scratch. That is going to mean someone – and it’ll be the woman most of the time – doesn’t have a job, a career, that fulfillment. They’re barefoot in the kitchen.
Somehow didn’t think The Observer was going to get all Andrew Tate on society.
Just the grossest, most horrendous, ignorance.