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Michael Pollan

Junk Food Is "Safe," Too, But That's Not the Whole Story

Alex Formuzis | Posted 10.14.2012 | Green
Alex Formuzis

But regularly choosing unhealthy junk food and consuming produce that's heavy in chemical residues could both, over time, pose a risk to your health.

WATCH: The Best Food Job Ever?

Daniel Klein | Posted 10.14.2012 | Home
Daniel Klein

After much deliberation, we are pleased to announce that the Perennial Plate has a new gig...the world!

Who Grows Our Food: Chris Nielsen, Winterhaven Ranch

Ellen Kanner | Posted 10.06.2012 | Green
Ellen Kanner

It's getting on to harvest at Winterhaven Ranch, but the fields are not green. They're brown. This is actually a good thing. Nielsen is a desert farmer. For almost 30 years, he's been growing Medjool dates in Bard Valley, California.

Books for the Intellectual Foodie

Nick Kolakowski | Posted 09.30.2012 | Books
Nick Kolakowski

Any intellectual seeking to build a balanced larder of knowledge would do well to embrace their inner Roman emperor, and familiarize themselves with food and the art of cooking -- even if their own culinary attempts go up in smoke a disconcerting amount of the time.

Bay Area Food Guru Cooks Up a Benefit for City Arts & Lectures

Camille Hayes | Posted 08.15.2012 | San Francisco
Camille Hayes

Farro, chicken, kale and sheep's milk cheese. These are the foodstuffs (one item from each food group) that Michael Pollan would take to a desert island to eat in perpetuity, were he to find himself regrettably, but unavoidably, marooned.

Nutrition Guidance: Facts About Opinions About Facts

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.22.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

There is an intrinsic problem with measuring the quality of a system by how well it conforms to what you already believe. Such a system gets bonus points for agreeing with you -- even when you are wrong.

Thomas Keller's Disappointing Stance on Sustainable Cooking

Nick Wiseman | Posted 07.17.2012 | Home
Nick Wiseman

It's not Thomas Keller's responsibility to help save the planet (though many chefs have taken on this calling with great ambition). But focusing solely on the aesthetics and disclaiming any other responsibility altogether is a cop-out.

Confessions of a Meat Addict

Steve Heilig | Posted 07.08.2012 | Home
Steve Heilig

The New York Times Magazine's "Ethicist" just held an essay contest with the theme, "Is it ethical to eat meat?" The judges were an all-star roster fr...

The Case for Eating 'Mostly Plants,' in 260 Words

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 06.09.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Eating some meat, preferably from lean, well-fed, well-exercised, and kindly tended animals is assuredly consistent with human health. But the health of humans and the planet argue consistently for Michael Pollan's excellent and pithy advice: Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

Conscience and a Short Run for Congress

Doug Demeo | Posted 06.04.2012 | New York
Doug Demeo

If money were not such a factor, more common, good-minded men and women might be willing to give congressional candidacy an honest shot.

Separation Of Church And Plate

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 05.20.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

The religious overlay that nutrition has taken on is neither holy nor wholesome. It precludes us from breaking bread together. It forestalls the public health progress that could occur if we could all find a seat at a common table.

A Stop-Motion Animation Of Michael Pollan's 'Food Rules'

The Huffington Post | Mallika Rao | Posted 02.15.2012 | Home

If Michael Pollan were a cartoon character, he could be Michael Pollen, a talking flower stamen who sheds while speechifying about saving the planet. ...

Public Health and the Illusion of Your Autonomy: Kill the Umpire?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 03.07.2012 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

I won't speak for my friends and colleagues in public health, although I suspect they feel the same; I'll just speak for myself. I am nobody's nanny. But as you play with the military-industrial establishment with your health on the line, I don't mind being a referee.

Blessed Meat

Ali Berlow | Posted 02.26.2012 | Religion
Ali Berlow

It was truly blessed meat. Over every animal held in arms and slaughtered, a prayer was said as the swift, sharp deed of taking life in sacrifice was made.

Michael Pollan Has The Answer To Eating Healthy

Posted 12.23.2011 | Green

Environmental and food advocate Michael Pollan has the answer to being healthy: eat food, not too much and more plants than meat. In the above vid...

Book Review: Folks, This Ain't Normal

Darya Pino, Ph.D | Posted 02.22.2012 | Books
Darya Pino, Ph.D

Self-described as a "Christian-libertarian-environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic-farmer," Joel Salatin is one of the most interesting people I have ever met.

Meatless Monday: Hero With A Thousand Faces

Ellen Kanner | Posted 02.18.2012 | Green
Ellen Kanner

The pivotal part of the hero's experience, the payoff, is enlightenment. It took Buddha six years to get there. We can get there faster, especially with a diet that's plant-rich, not processed.

Michael Pollan Has Some Food Rules to Live By

Laura Klein | Posted 02.06.2012 | Home
Laura Klein

Pollan's collection of rules keeps it simple: No medical or calorie counting rules (don't people get tired of counting calories?). And my favorite rule is the super simple number 24: When you eat real food, you don't need rules.

What the Struggle Against Obesity and HIV/AIDS Have in Common

Ross Szabo | Posted 01.30.2012 | Impact
Ross Szabo

Behavior change is impossible without the cultural, economic and gender role assistance to put people most at risk on equal footing.

Michael Pollan: "World's 7 Most Powerful Foodies"

Alex Formuzis | Posted 01.08.2012 | Home
Alex Formuzis

Famed food writer/philosopher Michael Pollan has picked the seven individuals he considers to be the most powerful voices in the good food movement from around the world.

Michael Pollan Names The World's 7 Most Powerful Foodies

Posted 01.08.2012 | Home

Michael Pollan, arguably an important foodie in his own right, recently named the world's seven most powerful foodies for Forbes magazine. His list in...

5 Quick and Healthy Fall Weeknight Meals

Anna Watson Carl | Posted 01.07.2012 | Home
Anna Watson Carl

2011-11-07-Screenshot20111107at3.51.16PM.jpgThis time of year, with holidays right around the corner, it's more important than ever to get in the habit of eating healthy weeknight meals.

WATCH: Stephen Colbert Calls Michael Pollan The 'Big Bossy Food Nazi'

Posted 01.03.2012 | Home

Michael Pollan appeared on The Colbert Report last night to talk about his book Food Rules, with illustrations by Maira Kalman. He brought along some ...

Michael Pollan: High-Fructose Corn Syrup Not Necessarily Worse Than Sugar

Posted 12.28.2011 | Home

When Michael Pollan talks about the food industry, people listen. As the author of best-selling books like In Defense of Food and The Omnivore's Dilem...

The Farm Bill Is a Food Bill

Rajiv Narayan | Posted 12.20.2011 | Politics
Rajiv Narayan

Where the farm bill allocates resources to funding food stamps, it also incentivizes the purchase of unhealthy foods.