Okay, so since yesterday's reading showed me that great gramma could have been eating products in the 1930s which today are not high on the list of must eat, I shifted gears. I decided to look at what a great grandmother in say, 1930s Italy would have been eating.
Somehow I don't think eating a plate full of pasta with bacon grease is quite what Pollan had in mind. News flash, in the 1920s and 30s, Europe had a serious case of the close to starvings. You've got major issues with food distribution, subsistence farming, and general lack of food. As an interesting observation, this is one of the things which helped Hitler and Mussolini in their respective climbs to power. They got trains running on time and moreover made sure people had food.
Since I've invoked Hitler, Godwin's Law is now in effect.
Jokes aside, it makes you stop and think. Food in the 1930s was not in abundant supply all over the world. Because Italy lacked appropriate distribution channels, food from the country could not make it to the cities. In order to get food from the country to the city you need a distribution network AND a way to keep the food edible.
As I'm discovering, even with modern refrigeration, fresh produce spoils more rapidly depending on when it's picked. It's not like refrigeration was a universal thing in the great gramma days. So if you didn't have local food production and distribution you either ate canned foods or manufactured foods, or you went hungry. Even if you had local food distribution, it didn't mean you had abundant food.
(Daily goal notes-Dinner at table done! Workout according to fit to curl (legs).)