Saturday, July 29, 2006

Inspiration from Michael Pollan

So I've been peppering my writing with America's premiere authority on agrarian ideals, Wendell Berry. Now it's time to introduce a modern-day guru on how our diet's have been impacted by industrial agribusiness, and what are the "dinner time" alternatives.

Pollan is a contributing writer for the New York Times magazine, professor of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, and the author of several books, the latest of which The Omnivore's Dillema examines a question we ask ourselves everyday....."what should I have for dinner?"

Pollen's examination of our choices involved in this decision will change the way you think about your food forever. I haven't read the whole book as it's only available in hardback, but I have been researching Pollan as the book was released a few weeks before my trip began. Pollen also preceded me in visiting Joel Salatin's Polyface Farms researching Joel's operation for over a week and describing in detail one alternative to how we currently produce food.

If you're not a big reader you can download this fantastic interview with Pollan from NPR's Science Fridays. The program is about 25 minutes long

Or if you'd like to take a sneak peak at The Omnivore's Dillema, Pollan has been generous in providing the introduction and the first chapter as a teaser on his website.

Happy reading (or listening) and Eat well,

--Justin Ellis

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