In a functioning democracy, our state and federal leaders might use their platforms to educate Americans about how best to handle and consume food during Coronavirus. They might even dispel misinformation on the topic.
But that is neither the Texas nor the America we live. In this Texas, in this America, it too often seems like we're all on our own. So today, Antoinette and Lucas consider those questions and others in a food-themed episode.
After reminiscing about the first instructional food safety video of the COVID-19 era, Antoinette and Lucas dive into some of the ethical issues facing eaters fortunate enough to be able to afford food during the pandemic: Is it better to go to the grocery store or order delivery? How can we help local restaurants during this time? And how can we make sure those restaurants are treating their employees in ways that align with our own values?
What actions can you take:
1. Talk through these issues with everyone in your household. One place to start: Joe Pinsker's super-helpful Atlantic story, "Is It Ethically Okay To Get Food Delivered Right Now?"
2. Consider shopping at smaller, locally-owned grocery stores instead of the big chains.
Also, at a time when the President and his allies are engaging in significant anti-Asian demagoguery, now would be a great time to support an Asian-owned grocery.
Want to try some smaller groceries but don't know where to start? For local listeners, Eater Austin has you covered with a list of over 30 options.
Eater also has a running list of chain restaurants providing paid sick leave here.
3. If you don't receive WIC benefits, avoid grocery items that are WIC-eligible if a different brand of the same item is also available. USA Today has an explainer here.
This episode was recorded on Friday, April 17, 2020.