Government’s Effect on the US Diet: TidBit of the Day

| June 6, 2011

You thought the new Food MyPlate is revolutionary? Have you seen this?

USDA, 1943. Source: National Archives: What's Cooking Uncle Sam?

Our basic 7 now is basic 4 (plus dairy). And what’s up with the government advocating LESS meat?

USDA, 1918. Source: National Archives: What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?

Can you imagine that happening today? And why is this government-supported school lunch program look like…a real lunch on a real plate (looks kinda like that MyPlate plate, doesn’t it?)

War Food Poster, 1944. Source: National Archives: What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?

Well, it should come as no surprise that the U.S. government has had  long-standing influence and engagement with our food and our food system. If you are in DC any time in the next year, check out the new exhibit at the National Archives: What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam? Going through four themes: Farm, Factory, Kitchen, and Table, this exhibit looks at America’s obsession with food. Jose Andres is the chief culinary advisor, and the exhibits look into the government’s role in developing food policies and its influence on the U.S. diet.

National Archives: What's Cooking, Uncle Sam?

Exhibit runs through January. Check out their press release here, and the trailer here:

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Category: Food Politics, Travel & Culture, US & Canada

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  1. I can’t wait to go to this exhibit! I have it on my calendar as soon as it opens. Did you know they’re actually converting Cafe Atlantico (one of Andres’ restaurants) into a short-term pop-up restaurant that themes with the exhibit?! Excited to check it all out.

  2. Jeanne says:

    I wish I could see this exhibit! I love that butter used to be a food group. Still is, in my opinion. 😉

  3. Erica says:

    I would love to go to this exhibit!

  4. Kat says:

    Gosh, I may just have to make a visit stateside after all this year!!!

  5. Miz Helen says:

    Wow, I must be doing really well, I still have all those food groups in my diet. I would love to attend this exhibit. Great post Belinda,thanks for sharing!
    Miz Helen

  6. Alot goes into this would love to be there!

  7. Nami says:

    It’ll be very interesting to check it out…but only DC? That’s too bad. 🙁

  8. Oh, would love to be able to go to that exhibit. Old posters are great; especially government food ones. I love the top one. By the time you’ve worked your way through the basic seven AND eaten what you want besides, you’re going to be piling the pounds on. 🙂