Just like yesterday’s Patron and today’s Grey Goose, the food you consume displays a level of class that we love to flaunt.
Steve Sailer sums up the argument nicely with the ultra-
expensive hip foods that come out of Brooklyn for market in NYC. Hipsters have coined and embraced the ‘locavore’ movement, made food products locally, and have created both a market and demand for stuff that big-agra has to purposely ignore.
Hipster foods aside, paleo is yet another movement that brings foods to a more local level. Obtaining fresh meat is the critical component, because supermarket meats are skeptical at best when compared to grass fed, no hormone beef, buffalo, farm-fresh eggs, free roam chickens, etc. More fuel to the fire that requires few steps between consumer and producer.
I have seen arguments floating around on the internet of people feeling left out when their friends rush off to consume the nearest plate of grease and carb laden restaurant fare. Once on paleo, it seems disgusting to even try. (try eating nothing but meat, eggs, and vegetables for a week- when you try that bagel the day after, your stomach will hate you) So if enough people try the switch to a paleo diet, restaurants will have to catch up. Or people will start leaving for backyard pig roasts.
What will it take to launch paleo into the next socially high value rung? I will theorize here that it will never happen, for several reasons:
-Big agra business owners, as representatives of the upper class, will not endorse a movement that will conflict their interest in their company.
-Government, (while currently phasing the food pyramid in favor of a more balanced food group diet), will not risk large companies or the taxes from trading bulk food supplies.
-There will never be enough paleo-friendly selections in geographic range to encourage an upper class person to stay true to one restaurant, when their friends go out all over town each week.
Hipsters have concentrated various types of kibble-type food- pickles, granola, jerky, tea, coffee- in Brooklyn, which seems to be the first and only region that is shifting to local and artisanal production. Until this can happen with the producers of perishable meats, paleo will not take off as an ethos outside of the middle class. If you acknowledge that once the upper class adopts a practice it trickles down to everyone, it simply will not get the mass exposure that makes people jump in excitement like they found a pair of Justin Bieber’s tennis shoes.