This is part of human nature, the desire to change consciousness.

— Michael Pollan

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In addition to contributing to erosion, pollution, food poisoning, and the dead zone, corn requires huge amounts of fossil fuel - it takes a half gallon of fossil fuel to produce a bushel of corn.

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People in Slow Food understand that food is an environmental issue.

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Food is not just fuel. Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity. And we nourish all those things when we eat well.

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Were the walls of our meat industry to become transparent, literally or even figuratively, we would not long continue to raise, kill, and eat animals the way we do.

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The correlation between poverty and obesity can be traced to agricultural policies and subsidies.

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Cheap food is an illusion. There is no such thing as cheap food. The real cost of the food is paid somewhere. And if it isn't paid at the cash register, it's charged to the environment or to the public purse in the form of subsidies. And it's charged to your health.

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Very simply, we subsidize high-fructose corn syrup in this country, but not carrots. While the surgeon general is raising alarms over the epidemic of obesity, the president is signing farm bills designed to keep the river of cheap corn flowing, guaranteeing that the cheapest calories in the supermarket will continue to be the unhealthiest.

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Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

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Looking at the world from other species' points of view is a cure for the disease of human self-importance.

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Up until Prohibition, an apple grown in America was far less likely to be eaten than to wind up in a barrel of cider. ("Hard" cider is a twentieth-century term, redundant before then since virtually all cider was hard until modern refrigeration allowed people to keep sweet cider sweet.)

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A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.

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One of the powerful things about the food issue is that people feel empowered by it. There are so many areas of our life where we feel powerless to change things, but your eating issues are really primal. You decide every day what you're going to put in your body and what you refuse to put in your body. That's politics at its most basic.

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About Michael Pollan

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Nationality American
Profession Educator
Birthday October 16

He showed the words “chocolate cake” to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. “Guilt” was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: “celebration.

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It's not food if it arrived through the window of your car.

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The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from the mere animal biology to an act of culture.

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Shake the hand that feeds you.

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Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.

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The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.

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To ferment your own food is to lodge a small but eloquent protest - on behalf of the senses and the microbes - against the homogenization of flavors and food experiences now rolling like a great, undifferentiated lawn across the globe.

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... the way we eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world. Daily, our eating turns nature into culture, transforming the body of the world into our bodies and minds.

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You may not think you eat a lot of corn and soybeans, but you do: 75 percent of the vegetable oils in your diet come from soy (representing 20 percent of your daily calories) and more than half of the sweeteners you consume come from corn (representing around 10 perecent of daily calories).

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You are what what you eat eats.

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The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world.

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Cooking might be the most important factor in fixing our public health crisis.

It's the single most important thing you can do for your health.

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Avoid food products containing ingredients that are A) unfamiliar B) unpronounceable C) more than five in number or that include D) high-fructose corn syrup

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Instead of eating exclusively from the sun, humanity now began to sip petroleum.

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Don't eat anything your great-great grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.

There are a great many food-like items in the supermarket your ancestors wouldn't recognize as food.. stay away from these

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It's estimated that about 30 percent of the increase in grain prices could be attributed to the decision to embrace biofuels, particularly corn-based ethanol. It has done nothing for climate change and the business is in real trouble now with the collapse of oil prices. It's completely dependent on a dollar subsidy and tariff from the government.

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Dreams of innocence are just that; they usually depend on a denial of reality that can be its own form of hubris.

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Any kind of food you eat is going to have an impact on the world.

If you switch to tofu and get off meat, the soy bean is doing enormous damage in the Amazon and all throughout South America.

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In corn, I think I've found the key to the American food chain.

If you look at a fast-food meal, a McDonald's meal, virtually all the carbon in it - and what we eat is mostly carbon - comes from corn.

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The larger meaning here is that mainstream journalists simply cannot talk about things that the two parties agree on; this is the black hole of American politics.

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High-quality food is better for your health.

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If you're not hungry enough to eat an apple, you're not hungry.

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Corn is a greedy crop, as farmers will tell you.

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The two things are synergistic, the health care crisis and the food crisis.

Right now, to a large extent, the food industry's biggest product is patients for the health care industry and we have to break that.

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Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.

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Fairness forces you - even when you're writing a piece highly critical of, say, genetically modified food, as I have done - to make sure you represent the other side as extensively and as accurately as you possibly can.

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...There's a lot of money in the Western diet. The more you process any food, the more profitable it becomes. The healthcare industry makes more money treating chronic diseases (which account for three quarters of the $2 trillion plus we spend each year on health care in this country) than preventing them.

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The things journalists should pay attention to are the issues the political leadership agrees on, rather than to their supposed antagonisms.

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A growing and increasingly influential movement of philosophers, ethicists, law professors and activists are convinced that the great moral struggle of our time will be for the rights of animals.

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The food system is a very complex beast.

There are people who are going to get their food at Wal-Mart or at Safeway; they're not going to the farmers' market. Those people need choices too.

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Don't eat anything incapable of rotting.

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Every major food company now has an organic division.

There's more capital going into organic agriculture than ever before.

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The whole problem of industrial agriculture is putting all of your eggs in one basket. We need to diversify our food chains as well as our fields so that when some of them fail, we can still eat.

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That anyone should need to write a book advising people to "eat food" could be taken as a measure of our alienation and confusion. Or we can choose to see it in a more positive light and count ourselves fortunate indeed that there is once again real food for us to eat.

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In general, science journalism concerns itself with what has been published in a handful of peer-reviewed journals - Nature, Cell, The New England Journal of Medicine - which set the agenda.

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A garden should make you feel you've entered privileged space -- a place not just set apart but reverberant -- and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry.

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Tree planting is always a utopian enterprise, it seems to me, a wager on a future the planter doesn't necessarily expect to witness.

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