Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food" on PBS

Last night as I took my maiden voyage on Deborah's elliptical machine, I watched the show "In Defense of Food" by Michael Pollan (author, best known for his book "The Omnivore's Dilemma") on PBS.

It didn't take long for me to realize this was one of the most important broadcasts of 2015 and possibly ever, as far as human nutrition and health. It was fantastically well done and informative. Although eating unprocessed whole food seems like common sense, very few people actually do, and in truth there is actually a shortage of such food due to our obsession with corn and soybean monocultures that we devote vast amounts of arable land to.

That's kind of scary when you think about it. If you took away refined, processed, value added foods from grocery store shelves, what would be left is basically the entire produce section (including nuts and seeds), most of the seafood cooler, and a small amount of other meats (excluding mass produced, corn/soy fed, highly processed animals). There is literally a famine on the planet when it comes to whole food.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yep...I follow Michael Pollan's dietary philosophy (as outlined in Omnivore's Dilemma). Of course we have plenty of processed food in our house, in the form of snack bars, chips, cereals etc. I do buy "organic" but it's still crap! I strive, though. Happy New Year to you and Deborah! Shara :)