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!
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 →
“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 notVan 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 →
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.