Michael Pollan, one of the best-known names in food-related issues, offers a guide about health and food. Food Rules: An Eater's Manual is a set of memorable ideas for eating wisely. Many of them are drawn from a variety of ethnic or cultural traditions. Whether at the supermarket or an all-you-can-eat buffet, this handy, pocket-size resource is for people who would like to become more mindful of what they are eating.
Pollan is the author of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, The Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire.
Michael Pollan is the author of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, a New York Times bestseller.
His previous books include The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World (2001); A Place of My Own (1997); and Second Nature (1991). A contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, Pollan is the recipient of numerous journalistic awards, including the James Beard Award for best magazine series in 2003 and the Reuters-I.U.C.N. 2000 Global Award for Environmental Journalism.
Pollan served for many years as executive editor of Harper's Magazine and is now the Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at UC Berkeley. His articles have been anthologized in Best American Science Writing 2004, Best American Essays 2003, and the Norton Book of Nature Writing.
Best-selling author Michael Pollan explains how food marketers have turned his critiques (like don't eat anything with more than five ingredients) into another way to sell consumers more food. His new rule of thumb? "Don't eat any foods you've ever seen advertised on television."
Michael Pollan, author of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, expresses frustration over the recent Supreme Court ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Elections Commission for eliminating limits on campaign spending by corporations.
System of crop cultivation that uses biological methods of fertilization and pest control as substitutes for chemical fertilizers and pesticides, which are regarded by supporters of organic methods as harmful to health and the environment and unnecessary for successful cultivation. It was initiated as a conscious rejection of modern agri-chemical techniques in the 1930s by the British agronomist Sir Albert Howard. Miscellaneous organic materials, including animal manure, compost, grass turf, straw, and other crop residues, are applied to fields to improve both soil structure and moisture-holding capacity and to nourish soil life, which in turn nourishes plants. (Chemical fertilizers, by contrast, feed plants directly.) Biological pest control is achieved through preventive methods, including diversified farming, crop rotation, the planting of pest-deterrent species, and the use of integrated pest management techniques. Bioengineered strains are avoided. Since organic farming is time-consuming, organically grown produce tends to be expensive. Organic produce formerly accounted for a minuscule portion of total American farm output, but it has seen a huge proportional increase in sales in recent years.
This is a great video. I'm born & raised in Hong Kong & obviously, my diet is mainly Chinese (Cantonese cuisine with white rice, steamed fish & veggies with some meat & most important, it's the seasonal soup made from meat/fish with veggies). Portions are much smaller & primary ingredients for any marinated meat are soya sauce, sugar, oil & corn starch.
I just moved to Colorado 4 months ago & trying to watch my diet every day. The only thing I miss most is fresh fish. After watching your video, I'm convinced to skip my favorite routine (grocery shopping in supermarkets) & stick to the local farmer's market.
I'm trying to change my husband (from Colorado) to eating a healthier diet. The ice cream part is difficult to change. Do you have any advice on how to eat healthy if you're a frequent hotel stayer who doesn't get home cooked meals most of the time?
This talk and many others do not understand the cause. The main cause is make money at all cost but the nutritional problem is caused by the mining of nutrition from our soils and flushing it into our water ways never to be returned to the soil from which it came. This situation causes us to grow less and less nutritious food each year we do not return the nutrition back to the soil. We need to create a closed loop cycle of nutrition which is the way nature worked until we (humans) interfered with the natural process of closed loop cycles. If you look at a tree in the forest when the leaves fall off the trees they fall to the ground and are reabsorbed into the soil which provide nutrition for next years leaves to grow on the tree. Compare this to what we do. We take the nutrition from the soil in the form of food and never never return said nutrition back to the soil and everyone needs to know the nutrition found in the soil is finite in nature. And anything which is finite can be depleted which is what is happening to nutrition. What is nutrition and where does it ends-up is as important as how the lack of nutrition hurts us. As long as the flow of nutrition is a one way flow out of our soils instead of a closed loop cycle like nature intended the problem of getting proper nutrition to sustain us will only get worse. There are no substitutes to a full complement of micro-nutrients or trace elements which give our food its nutrition which in turns keeps us healthy and fuels our creative, cognitive, and emotional stability. If we do not understand this simple recycling problem we will soon not be able to figure our way out of a wet paper bag. Figure out the cause and find the solution.
Originally Posted by Allison
Hmmm, milk is advertised on TV...
MILK IS NOT GOOD FOR YOU...
it contains hormones, antibiotics, casein (aka the turmor grower)
AND milk has also been linked to causing allergies, asthma, and osteoporosis
SO YES michael pollan is still correct in saying do not eat foods that are advertised on TV.
This talk is more interesting if you listen to Thomas Sowell's talk on how intellectuals manufacture a need for their services by dramatically describing their area of research as a crisis.
What gets me about Sowell is that he is a conservative intellectual decrying an epidemic of intellectualism. He is manufacturing a fake "crisis of intellectualism", engaging in the same behavior he seeks to criticize. If he really believes what he purports he should really just shut up . . .
I started listening to this only because Michael Pollan was supposed to be the guest speaker. I heard an occasional sentence from his mouth and the rest of the time I heard boring comments from boring Jewish guests about boring Jewish deli food. The amazing thing is, they talk about deli food like it was gourmet food or something, and about being Jewish like it was the only ethnic group worth considering. It's like listening to a bunch of Anglos raving about hamburgers and diner food, and acting like Anglo is the only race. All of them need to get a life and travel and experience REAL food from different ethnic groups. Deli food is just Jewish fast food, and while it has its place (quick lunch), there is much more worthwhile food out there (Latino, Italian, French, Asian, etc.).