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“Meet the Food Radicals” Showcases Food Industry Through Unique Lens STORY & PHOTOS BY TANNER HOLUBAR | STILLWATER STYLE Author Bailey Norwood Oklahoma State University Agricultural Economist S ome things in life are extremely complex and have many different aspects to them. One thing that has many different angles to it is food. From food preparation to distribution and on to consumption, there are many differing theories and opinions that culminate in all aspects of the food industry. 14 Stillwater Style | SPRING 2019 Bailey Norwood, an Oklahoma State University agricultural economist, published a book on Feb. 27 titled “Meet the Food Radicals,” which compiles thoughts from 27 “food radicals” from all walks of life.  “We wanted kind of a nice little medley of lots of people,” Norwood said. “It’s ‘Meet the Food Radicals,’ but we had some people who had things to do with agriculture, we had some that have to do with some ethical issues of food, some people that have to do with social problems we have with food. We were looking for a lot of different people. Because there are so many dimensions to food, we wanted to cover a lot of it. We deliberately chose people who aren’t well known.” One person featured in the book is Stillwater’s Alex Evers, who owns Stillwater Martial Arts. Norwood said Evers is featured in the book because he is a sensible person who took the good parts of a radical idea and applied it to his martial arts teachings. Norwood discovered that when Evers was looking to achieve his next blackbelt, there was a long list of goals he wished to attain. Some of these involved food, including the concept of being more mindful when it came to eating habits. “From my observation, which is not scientific, I’ve noticed there’s a lot of eating because it’s time to eat, because we’re bored, and not really thinking about how hungry we are,” Evers said. “I rarely thought about how hungry I was. I was just trying to be more conscious about my decisions, like actually thinking about them instead of letting my body make the decision for me. Just trying to be more mindful.” Norwood has published other books focusing on the academic aspects of agriculture education. He said the idea for “Meet the Food Radicals” came from seeing the wide array of ideas on food that he would read about on social media. “It kind of really started with the title. In the world of food, I would follow people on Twitter, I would read about them, and there’s so many interesting people out there,” Norwood said. “I always learned by reading about them. I was thinking, ‘How could I develop an academic book where I study these people and learn about them?’” Food Prep +Distribution +Consumption Fo o d I n d u s t r y