iOS app Android app

Michael Pollan

The Obama Administration and Food, Year One

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

A year after Obama's election, advocates hoping for deep improvements in our food system can point to only a few successes, while other policies that could lead to food insecurity are brewing in back rooms.

The Moral Ferocity of Eating Animals

Dr. Andrew Weil | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Dr. Andrew Weil

If you eat meat from factories you have not absorbed the reality of factory farms. If you truly understood what happens inside these windowless animal jails and abattoirs, you simply would not eat this meat.

Michael Pollan's Collection Of Food Rules

nytimes.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Earlier this year, Michael Pollan posted a request for reader's rules about eating on Well, Tara Parker Pope's health blog. Within days, more than 2,5...

The Perfect Food World and Its Missing Ingredient

Elissa Altman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Elissa Altman

Tthe problem is at the very end of the supply chain, and it's something that no one ever really talks about. The problem is in the kitchen.

Michael Pollan On The Daily Show (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Jon Stewart started out with a simple question Monday night for Michael Pollan, journalism professor and author of The Omnivore's Dilemma, and the new...

What's Wrong With Positive Thinking? Simple Strategies To Manage Your Thoughts

Tamar Chansky | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Tamar Chansky

Positive Thinking could be considered the high fructose corn syrup of the thinking world--when forced. It's not necessary, and research has found that it's not good for us when we have to sell ourselves on it.

On Farmers, Activists and Scary Food Issues

Leslie Hatfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Leslie Hatfield

Originally published on The Green Fork. I must confess that before I traveled to Iowa earlier this month, I had rubbed elbows with quite a few farmer...

Cloudy With a Chance of Allergies or Autism?

Robyn O'Brien | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Robyn O'Brien

There are 26,000 food poisoning cases per 100,000 Americans, every year (an eye-popping 26% of the population). Compare that to only 3,400 cases in the UK, or 1,200 in France.

2010: The Year Real Food Makes a Comeback?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

Will 2010 be the year that real food triumphs over "edible foodlike substances?" I don't want to get overly optimistic, but real food certainly had a good first week, at least on cable TV.

Let Food Be Thy Medicine: Top 10 Healing Foods Of The Decade

Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Dr. Patricia Fitzgerald

The past decade has presented an explosion of clinical research to show specifically what health benefits individual foods can offer, identifying the various nutrients associated with these benefits.

Michael Pollan's 'Hummer-Driving Vegan' Claim Debunked

Kyle Cassidy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kyle Cassidy

Michael Pollan stated that "A vegan in a Hummer has a lighter carbon footprint than a beef-eater in a Prius" at the Pop-Tech conference last Saturday. The only problem is, the statement isn't true.

Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals Turned Me Vegan

Natalie Portman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Natalie Portman

Jonathan Safran Foer's book Eating Animals changed me from a twenty-year vegetarian to a vegan activist.

Can Organic Feed The World? Michael Pollan Answers

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

In response to a question about whether we can really feed the world without industrialized ag (ah yes, a perennial), Pollan pointed out that we're no...

Michael Pollan's 'Food Rules': Tips For Eating Healthily (VIDEO

abcnews.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Michael Pollan, author of the popular "Omnivore's Dilemma" and more recently "In Defense of Food," has a new handbook out, "Food Rules," which is full...

Happiness in the Post-Shopping Economy

Don McNay | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Don McNay

My late mother used shopping as a hobby. If she were still alive, I wonder if she would be looking for something else to occupy her time. It seems many Americans are.

Teens Need Kitchen Counter-Culture

Sarah Newman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Sarah Newman

It's ironic that teens today are correctly pushing the social agenda in their schools to allow a diversity of identities to be expressed but are consuming foods that have little nutritional value and are uniform.

Eating Animals: Why Eating Matters

Kathy Freston | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Kathy Freston

If ever there was a book that could profoundly affect our lives at the most fundamental level, this one is it.

Digesting the Week

Liz Neumark | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Liz Neumark

The white silk scarf I received from the Dalai Lama is a symbol. Our actions determine whether or not it stays white -- our actions in our lives and in the universe of food.

Michael Pollan Wants You to Eat Food

Jerusha Klemperer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jerusha Klemperer

Some people want to be told what to eat. Ever get asked about "the Slow Food diet?" I do. Countless times I've explained that there is no slow food diet, that it's not meant to be a dogmatic philosophy.

Egg McMuffin Topples Whole Foods Boycott

Anne Z. Boxer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Anne Z. Boxer

I am boycotting Whole Foods to remind myself that we each need to make sacrifices to remember what is important. But who knew that an English muffin would require me to temporarily end my boycott?

In Defense of Michael Pollan and a Civil, More Nuanced Food Debate

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

As a political observer following the shift occurring in our understanding about agriculture, I can't help but be reminded that change does not come p...

Pollan's 'Defense Of Food' Sparks Debate In Dairyland

AP | RYAN J. FOLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

One best-selling book advocating fresh, local foods is shaking up America's Dairyland.

Students across University of Wisconsin-Madison's campus, organic grocers, scientists, and dairy farmers large and small have jumped into the debate on how food is produced and eaten. The discussions started last month when the university began giving Michael Pollan's book, "In Defense of Food," free to all incoming freshmen and school officials urged professors to use it in class.

"I have not seen the students this excited about something in years," Irwin Goodman, a horticulture professor who is vice dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences said of the buzz on campus about Pollan's field-to-table philosophies.

The book urges readers to "eat food, not too much, mostly plants" and criticizes food companies and scientists for replacing traditional foods with unhealthier, highly processed substitutes and confusing consumers with health claims.

Pollan's work has been used on college campuses from the University of California-Berkeley, where he is a journalism professor, to Columbia University in New York City for courses ranging from science journalism to environmental politics. But the program at UW-Madison is unique because the book and related topics are being discussed everywhere from French and political science courses to an exhibit on the history of food. And Pollan is to speak at the 17,000-seat Kohl Center Thursday in the liberal college town.

From Fast Food Nation to Pro Food Ventures

Rob Smart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Smart

Early pioneers of the sustainable food movement, with dirt on their hands, lessons learned and progress made, have played a critical role in blazing trails for new ventures.

Pollan says health-care reform will fail unless we change the way we eat

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

First in The New York Times last week and then on NPR this weekend, Michael Pollan made that point that if we want to fix our health-care system, we h...

What the President Didn't Say: Your Job Is Not to Get Sick

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jesse Kornbluth

Obama's health care speech was just the opening salvo in a much larger change in the way we live. What the president didn't say: The American health care/medical industry is currently based on a sickness model.