Dear Michael Pollan
I have just finished reading your book In Defense of Food. I thought it was important information and I agree with many of your points and certainly much of your thorough research.
I saw you on Bill Moyer’s Journal and thought your stories were good and contributed to my well being. Reading your book was like savoring a good meal.
Many of my readers do not read books anymore, so I am planning on sharing 3 important items from your book and your blog so that they might link through and read from there. I also wish to share something with you which I discovered on television this weekend.
The first idea I share is about your concerns about NUTRITIONALISM. I do believe this concept of approaching food is not healthy and contributes to a great deal of confusion and strange eating habits with unhealthy outcomes. I think you are absolutely correct that if a product claims to be healthy one should avoid it and not consume it. This nutritionalism seems like the way cigarette companies promoted smoking. I am wondering how big a kick-back the American Food Industry receives for every diabetic they deliver to the Pharmaceutical companies or Heart Attack to the Surgeons.
“That’s what I mean by the recommendation to ‘eat food,’ which is not quite as simple as it sounds. For while it used to be that food was all you could eat, today there are thousands of other edible foodlike substances in the supermarket.”
I highlighted the following list and then copied it out to hang on my refrigerator because I thought this was such a useful list:
- Avoid Food Products containing ingredients that are a) Unfamiliar b)Unpronounceable, and c) More than 5 in number, or that include d) High-Fructose Corn Syrup.
- Avoid food products that make health claims.
- Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle
- Get out of the supermarket whenever possible
- Shake the hand that feeds you.
- Eat mostly plants, especially leaves.
- You are what what you eat eats too.
- If you have the space, buy a freezer
- Eat like an omnivor E.
- Eat well-grown Food from healthy soils.
- Be the kind of person who takes supplements.
- Eat more like the French or the Italians or the Japanese or the Indians or the Greeks.
- Don’t look for the magic bullet in the Traditional Diet.
- Have a glass of wine with dinner.
Now I wish to tell you that last night on the news I saw my first commercial that was promoting a heavily processed food as a “real food” for one’s family to consume slowly, although the main dish was ready in just 12 minutes. My mind said okay so now we are playing word games here – must be a dish by the American Food Industries standards of “real”. Something more to education folks about?
I wanted you to know that I have a garden, shop the farmer’s market and fill 2.5 freezers every year. I am working on healing myself with whole fresh foods. I am still overwhelmed by how many people quote back to me that organic foods are so much more expensive as are foods from the farmer’s market. I want to shout: THEY ARE NOT AS EXPENSIVE AS THE MONEY YOU WILL SPEND ON HEALTH CARE, and IT IS REAL HEALTH CARE, NOT MADE UP EUPHANISMS.”
Do you find yourself getting frustrated? Since I started eating vegan raw for healing – organic only whole foods, my food bill has dropped from $50 a week to $35, and as we have worked to put my partner’s Rheumatoid Arthritis in remission again, his food bill has dropped from $150 -training to about $90. His medication bill dropped from $298 a month $10.93. Healing with food and cooking for your self is a pleasure and a good way to experience love of self.
(I will confess that purchasing grains that nourish folks with Celiac Disease are more expensive than wheat, barley, oats, and others which are more locally grown)
So I am hoping that my readers will click over and check out your site and will connect with more of your very good information about food and food studies from a journalist – reporter.
I also want to share this quote with everyone from your book; it meant a great deal to me and encouraged my healing. Thank you for your very fine writing, book, and good efforts.
“Eating with the fullest pleasure-pleasure, that is, that does not depend on ignorance – is perhaps the profoundest enactment of our connection with the world. In this pleasure we experience and celebrate our dependence and our gratitude, for we are living from mystery, from creatures we did not make and powers we cannot comprehend.”
So was this information helpful to you?
Your comments are so appreciated and add so much to the conversation.
Harvest Potluck Ebook almost ready for publication…Some wonderful recipes which we hope will give some donations to UNICEF. Yum Yum…