Tuesday, January 01, 2008

In Defense of Food

I whipped through Michael Pollan's new book, reviewed here, and it's a solid, wry and illuminating piece of work. Regular readers of the New York Times will remember his blog several months back, and out of that came his look at agribusiness and the food industry; and the high stakes game around how we consume food, or as he's put it "food" as much of what we consume is made rather than grown.
From the simple maxim "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants," Pollan lays out how we came to be both fatter and sicker, who the culprits are, and what weapons have recently come to our disposal to make it easier to get back to essentially, eating closer to how our grandparents ate.
Slate is a bit less forgiving, but still comes down on side.
I don't have the necessary chops to argue the finer points, but I thought the book was a worthy addition to the sort of investigative journalism done by Eric Schlosser and Marion Nestle.

Posted by Dave

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