And what is the most bang for the buck? Huge plates of cheap, antibiotic and hormone laden meat, produce saurated with sometimes dangerous pesticides, lots of foof but little nutritio, food that is produced in such a way that the long-term socio-economic problems are swept under the rug?
Raising awareness of the various aspects of our food is going to slowly improve society. How much of our healthier society comes from medical advances? Might eating better quality food as opposed to more cheap food also contribute to a healthier society?
Your sentiments about how we think of our food echos some articles written by Michal Pollan. He's followed the food he's eaten from source to plate, and has commented on how so doing has changed the way he looks at food.
In his artice titled "Six Rules for Eating Wisely," he writes:Spend more, eat less. Americans are as addicted to cheap food as we are to cheap oil. We spend only 9.7% of our income on food, a smaller share than any other nation. Is it a coincidence we spend a larger percentage than any other on health care (16%)? All this "cheap food" is making us fat and sick. It's also bad for the health of the environment. The higher the quality of the food you eat, the more nutritious it is and the less of it you'll need to feel satisfied.
[...]How you eat is as important as what you eat. Americans are fixated on nutrients, good and bad, while the French and Italians focus on the whole eating experience.