How do we know if food used to be better?
January 26, 2008 9:02 PM Subscribe
Were produce and meat really better in the old days? How can we be sure?
posted by L. Fitzgerald Sjoberg to Food & Drink (42 answers total) 32 users marked this as a favorite
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got me thinking about food. Seems to me that in my youth, the tomatoes at the supermarket used to be more red. I've heard people of my mother's generation say that beef used to taste better, the way only the best beef does today. And now we have the idea that chicken used to taste more chickeny, at least to cartoon cats.
Here's my question: is there any way to determine objectively whether this is so? Sure, lots of people will tell you it is, but lots of people will tell you that teenage crime and pregnancy are higher than ever, even if it's not true. Can we be sure this isn't just a rose-colored -- or red-colored, in my case -- look back at the foods of a mythical youth?