On my drive home today I plan to listen to Terry Gross interview Michael Pollan, from the Fresh Air podcast.
Michael Pollan has written two critically-acclaimed books that I want to read, but am scared to read, because they’re all about where our food comes from and the problems with the way we Westerners produce and consume it. It’s easier to be ignorant, you know? But apparently it’s also a lot less healthy. AND apparently it’s now a national security issue!
Here’s a quote from the interview (ht):
It’s one of the ironies of society that junk food being
sold by multi-national corporations, like McDonalds and Kraft, appears
to be populist. And food grown by struggling, scrupulous farmers is
I think that this movement to reform the food system, it’s mistaken
to think it’s a left or liberal movement. There is a groundswell on the
right also. There are many people who are trying to take back control
of their family dinner from the fast food companies. There are
evangelicals who are very interested in this food movement…. What is a
more traditional value than sitting down to dinner with your family,
and not going to McDonalds? I mean, this is the culinary equivalent of
To have healthier food, you either have to invest more money or more
time. And some people who can’t afford to invest more money could
invest more time. And what I mean by that is, cooking the food
yourself, spending a Sunday making three or four meals for the week,
once again learning the traditional talents of the kitchen, which in
the old days got three or four meals out of one chicken, rather than
just buying chicken breasts.