Tagged: Michael Pollan

VIDEO: Michael Pollan’s Food Rules Gets Animated!

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I’ve written about author Michael Pollan‘s important work in helping us understand our food politics and even covered the release of his book Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual when it came out. Now his book has been animated in stop motion by filmmakers Marija Jacimovic and Benoit Detalle. It took a little over 3 weeks to make to make this RSA/Nominet Trust film competition entry using a variety of different food products. It’s also narrated by Pollan himself and offers a great introductory crash course so pass it on to a friend. Enjoy!

If you liked it, vote for them at thersa.org/film-competition

What I Wanted To See At Occupy Wall Street

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So to be clear, as a New York City resident I did not actually go to Occupy Wall Street Zuccotti/Liberty Park in Manhattan. I did get to Out of the Park and into the Streets. 99% Day of Action in November. I can tell you what I saw at Out of the Park, what I wanted to see at Occupy Wall Street and I can also tell I finally saw what I wanted to see at Occupy Wall Street at Occupy Oakland. More on that later. First up, what I wanted to see at Occupy Wall Street. Continue reading

Like Mike Anyone– Tyson, Pollan, Jackson…

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“I perform like Mike Anyone – Tyson, Jordan, Jackson, action.” -The Notorious B.I.G.

Biggie’s quote got me thinking, over the years we’ve written a lot of posts for you and there’s one name that seems to come up pretty often. No it’s not Van Jones, although he does appear on this site frequently, the name is Michael. Sure, you could’ve seen that coming as Michael is a common name in our culture, but I’ve counted 6 of these archangels that showed up at this crossroads of information and ideas. Continue reading

Subway To Introduce Calcium And Vitamin D Fortified Bread

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Fast food chain Subway is introducing calcium and vitamin D fortified bread to its national menu. Now each 6-inch bread serving in the U.S. will provide 30 percent the daily recommended value of calcium and 20 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin D.

“Now, the calcium included in each 6-inch serving of bread has the nutritional equivalent of one glass of milk” Mark Christiano, the Subway brand’s Global Baking Specialist.

This sounds almost great as saying Subway is a healthy restaurant. Subway still sells fast food, imitation New York submarine sandwiches from way back before New York City was gentrified. These are the type of “improvements” Michael Pollan warned us about in In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. Fortified foods are a sign of a highly processed food and you should know by now those are no good for you.

And who asked for these improvements? Is there a vitamin D and calcium deficiency epidemic in the U.S.? Most get vitamin D from sun exposure which is free and you can get calcium from fruits and vegetables not just milk or dairy products or a Subway sandwich.

The next time you think of Subway as healthy food remember it’s still fast food, it’s not that fresh, it isn’t organic, it’s processed and just cause it’s “healthier” than other fast food restaurants doesn’t mean it’s actually healthy, but that pulled pork sandwich should have told you that.

Src: restaurantnews.com

Nationwide Wal-mart Tainted Meat Recall Follows Egg Recall

When I first heard about the news yet another food recall it was stated the “possibly tainted” deli meat products being sold were from a single retailer. Turns out that retailer is retail giant Wal-mart, which explains why there was reluctance to say the name of the retailer, even though people’s health is at risk. Continue reading

Food Network Welcomes Hipper, Younger Brother: The Cooking Channel


“The feel and style we’re going for is a little grittier, a little edgier, a little hipper,” said Bruce Seidel, the senior vice president for programming and production for the Cooking Channel.

It seems like TLC, The Travel Channel’s action packed food lineup and ABC’s “Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution” is putting a hurting on the more bland programming of Food Network. The execs got the message and are looking to switch it up a bit on a whole new channel.

The Cooking Channel is targeting the younger, hipster hipper crowd and maybe even the more eco-conscious viewer with younger cooks and fresher programming. I know what you’re thinking, people who cook that are even younger than Rachel Ray and Bobby Flay? Is that even possible? Well it is and apparently Food Network has finally figured that out. Yes, there is always Ace Of Cakes but they’re not enough.

Seems like there will still be no serious discussion about food on this network though and we will have to leave that to Michael Pollan who has had some words about the Food Network in the past. The new network is, however, considering featuring programs that feature killing chickens on air which I guess the Supreme Court would think is ok.

Also they are considering programming on eating disorders and obesity. Can you imagine a food network doing a show on people who throw up food? Continue reading

Top 5 White People Worth Interrupting Black History Month For


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Ordinarily I enjoy the plethora of Black History Month programming, but this year I haven’t seen much around, even on PBS. Is our new president somehow to blame for this?

Anyway, I used to get upset wen I would see programs about all kinds of other folks during February and I’ve done my best to balance the lack of Black programming out this year. Here we are on the tail end of this month but I’m going to go ahead an interrupt it for these 5 white folks that I think are worth listening to anytime of year in no particular order. Continue reading

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