Exploring the political aspects of food sources is the goal of a year-long discussion group called the Politics of Food, sponsored by Indy Sustainable Food Alliance. Dec. 18, the discussion will center around The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan.
Alison Schumacher, who coordinated the series with Angie Herrmann of ISFA, says that the reading list is an antidote to everyone’s tendency to “sleepwalk through our lives.”
“We’re all so busy,” she says. “You don’t have time to research everything.” Previous discussions in the series have spurred participants to evaluate how their values are demonstrated in the food they purchase — and kindled an interest in making cheese.
The discussion group is for “everybody from people who have no clue that farmers’ markets exist to people who have been dedicated to eating local foods for years,” she says. Participants can drop in on the month that appeals to them or come for the entire series.
First Mennonite Church, 4601 Knollton Road, is the site of the discussions, which take place the third Tuesday of each month at 7 p.m. More information: www.indysustainablefoodalliance.org or firstname.lastname@example.org.