Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Michael Pollan perceives a movement

On his book tour for In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan reports, he's observed a new, more widespread interest in food issues: "I'm convinced that we're witnessing the rise of a new movement around food in this country--one of the most exciting and hopeful political developments in my lifetime."

Pollan, whose books I've enthusiastically read, describes a variety of opinions and actions he has encountered. He concludes that in America today there is "a drive to repair our broken, dangerously unsustainable, brutal, and unhealthy food system, and replace it with a shorter, more legible food chain based on the principles of equity, sustainability, and health--but health in the broadest sense of the word, a conception of health that recognizes that our personal health is in fact indivisible from the health of the land, the plants, the animals, and the workers who together comprise the food chain that sustains us. We're at the beginning of something big."

Vote with Your Forks! where these words appeared, is the last of several blog posts Pollan has recently written for Omnivoracious, the editor's blog at Amazon.

When I read Pollan's books, I wrote the following blog posts: "Eat Food", Very Interesting Articles on Food and Slow Food.

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