I was hoping to embed a Michael Pollan video lecture but for some reason WordPress doesn’t appear to take kindly to Fora.tv’s embed code.
So, just copy and paste the link below into your address bar and go watch it on Fora.tv’s Web site. (I have no clue why WordPress truncates the link in the published post.)
You can click on the “Chapters” below the video and choose which segment you’d like to watch. The entire piece is a little over an hour long.
Here’s the summary from Fora.tv:
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.
I’ve read those books, and I’ll add one more to the list: “Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education.” I offer an excerpt from that:
And yet as resourceful and aggressive as weeds may be, they cannot survive without us any more than a garden plant can. Without man to create crop land and lawns and vacant lots, most weeds would soon vanish. Bindweed, which seems so formidable in the field and garden, can grow nowhere else. It lives by the plow as much as we do.
I’m worried about how (and what) I’ve been eating. I know it would be a huge undertaking to follow all the rules Pollan has listed in his little manual. But if I chose just a few of those food rules would it be all that difficult? Probably not.