Uh oh, Michael Pollan, you might lose me here – I have been with you all along. Section 3 is about what to do now that we have learned about the industrialization of food, and how the Western diet is bad for our health. In the first chapter of this section, he admits that it will be difficult, and hints that we must put more money into our food budgets. I get a little bit twitchy when I hear about solutions that are restricted by social class – if not everyone can participate, I don’t want to attend your party. He says that we should stop eating the Western diet, and that “the hallmark of the Western diet is food that is fast, cheap, and easy.” Oh dear. Some people can only eat food that is “fast, cheap, and easy” otherwise they would not be able to eat. I’m all for lobbying the schools to feed our kids healthier, and I will vote with my dollars when I can, but I am going to be very disappointed if there are no suggestions for those who do not have extra monetary resources at their disposal. You still have me captivated, Mr. Pollan, but I’m now holding my breath for the last few chapters.
He isn’t going to tell us what to eat, but he is going to give us a series of “policies” to follow when we purchase our food and prepare our meals. I can hardly wait to read them. One thing he mentions, which is something my husband also said – if we buy meat from animals that are fed the Western diet, according to Pollan’s logic, they do not really qualify as whole foods. That said, he is clear that he is not advocating a strictly vegetarian diet, though I am concerned that meat is going to be off the table for those who cannot afford organic choices (although, as Jillian Michaels mentioned, cheaper options are increasingly becoming available).
My favorite quote: “I have been specifically warned by scientist allied with the carbohydrate camp not to ‘fall under the spell of the omega-3 cult.’ Cult? There is a lot more religion in science than you might expect.”
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Other posts about In Defense of Food:
Post 1: In Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan
Post 2: Breakfast Cereal is not a Food?
Post 3: Chocolate Science
Post 4: “Hourly Yogurt Enemas?!”
Post 5: Hunting and Gathering
Post 6: Look Mom – No Cavities!
Post 7: Mainlining Glucose or “I’m Not an Addict!”
Post 8: Food is Religious and Political
Post 9: Whole Milk Sounds Almost Sinful
Post 10: I Don’t Like the Salad, Mommy
Post 11: Let’s Plant a Garden