His thoughts on America’s food system for a whole new generation of eaters.
Award-winning author and food activist Michael Pollan changed the way many Americans think about food with his New York Times bestseller The Omnivore’s Dilemma (Penguin, 2006). With a young reader’s edition of the book being released in October, his thoughts on America’s food system will reach a whole new generation of eaters.
For the doubters out there, its a free country and you can drink as much soda as you want, get fat, sick, obese if you want...but maybe when health experts, science studies and even a guy like Michael advise you to make a change you should listen. Get informed, know what's in your food and where it come from...make a wise choice for yourself, you are a powerful consumers and the food industry will give you what you want if you demand it
04/05/2013 - 8:01pm
Wow with the comments. Michael Pollan has done more for the health of this country and your health than you know. His books provide consumers with extraordinarily valuable information that we do not have access to and presents it in a way that is accessible. Yes, everyone is responsible for him or herself. And so are corporations. And they'll screw you over for an extra buck any day. The quality of our food and our food environment plays a critical role in our lives. As Dr. Phil says, when you are making a change you have to create an environment in which you can succeed. Our food environment in American is not currently one in which we can succeed. We do not have total control over our environment. Michael Pollan presents the problem to us and tells us how to make changes that will affect us all, and help us take control for ourselves.
09/30/2010 - 11:24pm
Where does it say what food he *won't* eat?
04/21/2010 - 3:27pm
Question. I thought Michael Pollan was a journalism professor at UC Berkely. How is he a "food expert?" His line about soda as "liquid candy" should be credited to the folks at the Center for Science in the Public Interest. I don't mean to knock Michael Pollan as he has done good work in bringing the importance of eating healthy and eating local to the attention of America. However, I have found that he spouts off unoriginal opinions as if they are his own and presents himself as some scientific expert. He is a journalist who is a foodie.
02/05/2010 - 9:40am
Why is it the responsibility of insurers to decrease obesity? What happened to personal responsibility and volitional action? Insurance is meant to provide for the unexpected and unintended, and if a person is going to actively choose to engage in unhealthy behaviors that lead to obesity, that outcome is neither unexpected nor unintended. If an obese person wants insurance, he should be paying more for his unhealthy lifestyle. Perhaps the increased cost would lead him to make healthier decisions which would then lead to less consumption of expensive health care resources.
10/16/2009 - 3:28pm
Although I'd like to see insurance companies and the medical system adjust their practices to more preventative health care, I think that the primary responsibility lies with the individual. To help encourage individuals to make the right choice, I think it would be helpful if they got a financial pay off. If insurers were able to charge more or reimburse less for individuals with an at-risk life-style such as obesity and smoking, I think we'd see a change in people's behavior. This is a similar approach to increasing cigarette taxes and hopefully would require less government legislation.
09/25/2009 - 12:03pm
Michael.. Where were you when I was 12 years old? Our family drank soda @ every meal and it was always a staple along with the bread and butter !! I was obese as a child and adult. I am now 46 and a year and half ago gave up soda entirely.. By doing so and eating healthier, I then had the energy to start going to the gym. I have now lost 150 pounds.. PURE SODA WEIGHT I am certain. !! Anyways.. Thanks I totally agree with you !!