Hey Don, Again, highly recommend the books. Speaking as the wife of an industrial farmer and having some knowledge of how the USDA works, I seriously don't think we are ready for that much revolution! It might cause Pollan to have a nervous breakdown and that would truly be a loss. I would really like to see a move back to local grown, seasonal products diet. One of the food chains Pollan follows in The Omnivore's Dilemma is the Polyface Farm in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia-you can check them out on the web. We are from this region and there have been several newspaper articles about the farm and its products over recent years. It can be done....
I haven't gotten around yet to reading Pollan's books, but have read many articles either by or about him and find him to be a breath of fresh air on the whole complex issue of food choices and supply chains here in the USA. There was a big grassroots movement to press Obama to choose him as the head of Agriculture or some related post. It didn't happen unfortunately...
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I recently finished the Omnivore's Dilemma and have In Defense of Food on my bedside table! Highly recommend these! We live on an industrial farm. My husband read both before I did. We had some interesting discussions about farm practices. Just as an insight, many folks in industrialized agriculture don't like it very much. We garden, use very few chemicals on that and preserve a lot a food each year. In addition, we have chickens for our eggs and a few head of cattle that live a happy existence until they become part of our food chain...No, we do not slaughter our own meat, we take it to a professional for that and packaging. That said, I am amazed at how much people don't know about the food they are putting in their mouths-including us-Between Pollan and Spark, we have really moved away from processed foods and eating out-it is gross to think about what we are eating as a nation. I love Pollan's comment:'Eat food, not a lot, mostly plants."
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If Michael Pollan is a new name to any of you out there, you owe it to yourself to check him out! There isn't ANYBODY with a more sane, common-sense perspective on healthy, sustainable eating! Here's a link to a recent WebMD article in which he is interviewed:
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