Last week on the Econ Talk podcast, Russ Roberts had Chris Arnade on as a guest. Arnade is a former Wall Street trader who became disillusioned with his work and began (first as a way to just relieve stress) going on long walks to poorer neighborhoods in New York where he would meet people and take pictures. He's since expanded the enterprise and has visited disadvantaged areas all across the U.S.
There was a bit near the end of the discussion that hit home for me and helps explain a bit of the motivation that led me to write the Food Police several years ago.
From the transcript, here is Chris:
After a bit more discussion, Russ Roberts the asks:
And Chris responds:
There are not doubt many good people in the so-called "food movement" who care about the downtrodden and are motivated by the belief that the food system they envision will help poorer people. But, I think this exchange also reveals that we need to also respect and look at things through the eyes of the people we're trying to help.