Documentary: “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan

    January 4, 2016

In 2006, journalist Michael Pollan wrote “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. The book earned critical acclaim and gained commercial success. The New York Times named it one of the ten best books of the year, and it took the James Beard Award for food writing for the year.

Since then, Pollan has been lecturing across the country, teaching journalism, and spending a lot of time thinking about the question he is most often asked by the public: “What should I eat?”Pollan

In a two-hour PBS documentary that aired at the end of December (2015), Pollan began to answer that question. The movie doesn’t equip you with a grocery list of specific items to buy, rather provides solid reporting for why you should follow his general prescriptive for what to eat. It’s pretty simple. Pollan says:

  • Eat food
  • Not too much
  • Mostly plants

He does not advocate a vegan or vegetarian diet. Instead, Pollan advocates for eating a variety that includes dairy, seafood, poultry, and red meat. He says that humans have evolved to be omnivores — to eat a little bit of everything.

Throughout the film, Pollan talks about the health impacts of our industrial food supply system, the history of how we arrived at the offerings available in the average grocery store, and a way forward in making smart consumer choices.

Add the video to your online watchlist, and check out web extras on the Maryland Public Television website.


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