Credit Crunch Meals examine the global economy through food and community.
Today in 2013, Greece, Portugal, Ireland, Spain and Italy run the risk of national debt default, i.e. of bankruptcy. The Housing Crisis and the high unemployment numbers in the U.S. and elsewhere are also a precarious situation that doesn't seem to dissipate and is dragging down any real recovery.
I often use genitals in my work as symbols of power and they might also imply very easily the opposite: post-climactic fatigue, impotence, and the constant promiscuous shift of power and influence. Combined with political and economic terminology, they have an immediate impact in the beholder that is even stronger when made out of perishable material like food.
The hidden unmentionable undertone of this current perpetual crisis is that we experience a massive shift of economic and political power from West to East, from the U.S. and Europe to China, India and other emerging economies with plenty of cash and important raw materials. This is a process that started with the end of the Cold War and gets only highlighted with this ongoing economic crisis. (For example China controls 96 percent of Rare Earth—crucial for all intelligent products).
This month, we're challenging the GOOD community to host a dinner party and cook a meal that contains fewer ingredients than the number of people on the guest list. Throughout March, we'll share ideas and resources for being more conscious about our food and food systems. Join the conversation at good.is/food and on Twitter at #chewonit.