When you go through the supermarket, there is an illusion of diversity. So much of our industrial food turns out to be rearrangements of corn. ~Michael Pollan
I know what you’re thinking- Who is this white man on this so fresh blog during Black History Month talking to me about my food?…or not, but here he is…and by the way that corn thing is serious.
Michael Pollan, the author of The Botany of Desire, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, wants to get all in your business again and talk to you about your food. Again, without being preachy he just wants you to know what you’re eating and how to get that food to do more for you. Isn’t that nice of him?
His latest book is Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual and he sat down with Amy Goodman and the kind of dreamy Sharif Abdel Kouddou of Democracy Now! to talk about it.
First, a few things about this interview:
It is worth your time. Most of us eat everyday, but know next to nothing about where our food comes from or what it does to us.
You don’t even have to watch the whole thing. I’ll be honest, this video is just under an hour long BUT a few minutes of this will give you more information about your food than you’ve probably had in a long time, if ever.
Honestly, you may not even know who Michael Pollan is and if you don’t but you’ve taken the time to check this post out on the strength of me putting this here I appreciate that. So I say you don’t have to watch the whole thing but I want you to consider:
A- Thus is free, his books are not.
B- This video takes less time than it would take to read In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto
C- Learning more about being healthier and about where the food you eat everyday comes from is too important to not know anything about.
D- He offers a different way to help the health care crisis in this country.
E- Democracy Now! has no commercials. Unless you see Pollan speak in person or on some C-Span type deal you won’t hear him speak for this long without forcing information into soundbites or being interrupted by commercials all the time.
That said here’s the video…