Food Detective: Michael Pollan
In his new book, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, journalist Michael Pollan brilliantly examines the complexities of figuring out what to eat—the cornucopia of choices that render eating intelligently and healthfully a perplexing daily task. Some of his thoughts:
You call yourself a food detective. What does that mean? It's a new job description. A hundred years ago you wouldn't need a detective—or a journalist—to tell you what you were eating. But now it takes a lot of investigative journalism to find out what's in that Twinkie.
In all your poking around the american food system, what shocked you the most? Being on a feed lot full of cattle. Looking at how we feed animals things that make them sick, and then give them drugs to keep them from getting too sick. Feeding chicken manure to cows and then dead cows back to chickens. The way we treat animals is shocking, and the biggest change in my diet is that I don't eat industrial meat now.