In Defense Of Food: Seven Words In Search Of A Book — 4 years ago
I have to take books like this with a grain of salt. On the one hand, I don’t necessarily believe that everything that “experts” say, particularly those who work hand in hand with governments and corporations, is the gospel truth. But by that same token, just because some non-expert or person outside the industry and/or government says that there are problems with the current system, doesn’t mean that they have all the answers either. For example, in In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan sometimes looks like he’s using science that he’s tried to discredit in earlier chapters. Not exactly filling me with confidence. But that being said, it was an eye-opening read, one that made me re-examine my current beliefs about the food industry, nutrition, and health.
While I’m not 100% on board Pollan’s train – I do think that nutritionists and nutrition science have the right idea sometimes – I agree with his three rules. Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. Even if I don’t necessarily follow them all the time, I can definitely see where someone who’s currently dissatisfied with their current health or their place in the food system can break through their patterns of eating and shopping, and try to work outside the system for everyone’s benefit. In Defense of Food is an eye-opener, I just wouldn’t necessarily swallow all of it. (Oh, the puns.)