Wednesday, June 17, 2009

in defense of food

i have started reading 'in defense of food' by michael pollan.
his writing style is a little hard to follow, but it's still fairly interesting. the book initially caught my eye while waiting at the LA airport a couple months ago, and i contemplated buying it for my flight, but $22 seemed a bit much for an airplane read. so i waited til i got to my trusty public library and requested it, which is when i discovered it was a popular book. i was #73 on the waiting list. i got it pretty fast though, and now i have to read it quickly since i'm sure its still a hot book. anyway, as i was saying, some of the book is hard to follow (so far), but i think the cover catch phrase is a good one to follow. 'eat food. not too much. mostly plants.' basically, pollan is defending food, actual food, versus the fake food that has overtaken our grocery stores. you know, the stuff that lasts forever and is made up of 'natural flavor' and chemicals, but because its got a 'health check' on it, it's good for our health. pollan also writes about uncovering how our society, which is seemingly obsessed with 'eating healthy' is becoming increasingly unhealthy. pretty much the big food businesses are doing just that.. business. with the pretense of selling food that's healthy and good for you, they don't actually give a shit about our health, they just want to make money and make repeat customers out of us. i know it sounds conspiracy-like, but if you really think about it hard enough, it makes sense and its actually quite scary. the more we consumers know about our food and our health, the less we will buy the processed, overly refined, high in fructose stuff, which won't make the food industry happy. but, i've only just begun the book and have much more to read. i already make a lot of my own food, and am a little anal about reading the ingredients on absolutely everything i buy, so i can only imagine i'm going to become even more anal about it after i'm done reading the book.

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