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Dan Jørgensen's four Danish food paradoxes

Food minister lashes out at Denmark's self-contradictory food culture


Dr DoAnything saved the pigs, chicken, fish and rats – now he's tackling family dinners (Photo: Scanpix)

July 8, 2014
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Do Danes eat too much bolognese? Food Minister Dan 'Dr DoAnything' Jørgensen asked this question in today's Politiken as he urged Danes to reconsider their relationship with food.

"We spend so much time watching cooking shows and in sociable kitchens, but we are among the countries in Europe that use the least of our disposable income on food," he told Politken.

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"We – myself included – sit and watch Brødene Price [a DR1 gourmet cooking show] while we eat like crap."

Four food paradoxes
Both what we eat and how we eat can be massively improved, said Jørgensen. He listed what he has identified as four paradoxes in Danish food culture:

- Tourists come from all over the globe to experience the New Nordic cuisine. But in Danish homes, the preferred dish is spaghetti bolognese.

- Danes spend a lot of money on sociable kitchens. But compared to other countries, we spend very little of our disposable income on food.

- Danes have never been so educated about health and food – a lot comes from TV. Despite that we are getting fatter and fatter, and more and more unhealthy.

- We are among the countries in the world with the most sqm per capita of supermarkets – but also among the countries with the fewest products to choose from.

More family, less TV
If it stood to Jørgensen, people would spend less time watching TV at dinner and more time buying organic products and reducing food waste.

"We simply need a food revolution that reaches everyday cuisine. I'm in charge of authorising the classic diet advice that we all know, but we are still getting fatter and fatter. Let's try something else," he told Politiken.

"Maybe we should turn off Brødrende Price and instead sit and eat with family or friends."



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