Monday, October 20, 2008

Food politics. It's a lot more interesting than the other kind.

I've had a little crush on Michael Pollan since I read The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals back in 2006. It got worse when I followed that with his 2001 book, The Botany of Desire: A Plant's Eye View of the World. I devoured his most recent book, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, in about five minutes earlier in the summer (I had to wait till it went on sale since I spend all my income on trips to Whole Foods). He makes me want to swear off Sonic and Chick-Fil-A forever. He makes me want to quit my job and return to the land. I actually do make an effort to avoid high fructose corn syrup at all costs. He recently wrote an article in the New York Times Magazine that eloquently sums up the importance of the oft overlooked and problematic American food system.


John said...

I heard his interview on Fresh air on the drive home yesterday. I think I'm going to have to pick up "The Omnivore's Dilemma".

Especially interesting was his conviction that we're going to have to return to a more manually intensive form of solar based (as opposed to oil based) agriculture.

blythe said...

it's a good read! you lose weight too! thatpart wears off, though.

Anonymous said...

P and I have gone grass fed beef only and moving away from dairy towards dairy subs like rice and tofu.