5.20.2010

Michael Pollan interview-Huffington Post

Michael Pollan is someone that comes to mind these days when speaking of food and what's going on with food in America. He is the author of The Omnivores Dilemna, Botany of Desire, and In Defense of Food. He also was interviewed in the movie Food, Inc. His "motto" can even be summed up into a few words: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants." Foodie Vegan TOTALLY agrees with that. Pollan is also a critic of the modern factory farm system, of which I am also in agreement with Pollan. However, surprisingly, Pollan is not a vegan or even a vegetarian. In this Huffington Post interview, he brings up some interesting points:

*He hasn't eaten feedlot meat since 2002
*He does not agree with Jonathan Safren Foer that eating meat is morally reprehensible
*He disagrees with the modern agricultural system, but instead of focusing on abolishing it, he believes in fixing/bettering it
*He struggles with the idea of how to democratize healthy eating (local, fresh, organic) which can sometimes be more expensive. How to not make this movement elitist? How to make it more accessible?
*He does think the people are so far removed from what they are actually eating, especially meat. Meat and other food "products" are shrink wrapped, processed, made into powder form, etc and you really would have no idea what it is if you didn't have previous experience with eating it in that form.
*He advocates talking about food more and less about nutrients (salt, sugar, fat, high fructose corn syrup)
*He disagrees with the marketing messages of the large food companies (i.e. Kelloggs commercial and the claim that their Frosted Mini Wheats will help your child focus in school more)

So I am very happy that people like Michael Pollan exist. He is bringing up a dialogue of a lot of things that are in DESPERATE need of attention in this country. While I do not agree with him and HIS decision to eat meat, I recognize that it is just that, HIS decision. I am not 100% vegan, so I totally understand and come from the place of flexitarianism and doing what is best for you, your beliefs, and your lifestyle.

So hey, lets try it out today and eat food, not too much, mostly plants. Not a bad piece of advice.

The interview can be found at the link below:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/12/michael-pollan-interview_n_533653.html#s80251

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