110+ Michael Pollan Quotes On Food, Nature And Nature

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  1. This is part of human nature, the desire to change consciousness.
  2. 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.
  3. People in Slow Food understand that food is an environmental issue.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. The correlation between poverty and obesity can be traced to agricultural policies and subsidies.
  7. Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
  8. Looking at the world from other species' points of view is a cure for the disease of human self-importance.
  9. A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.
  10. 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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People in Slow Food understand that food is an environmental issue. — Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan Short Quotes

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  • Instead of eating exclusively from the sun, humanity now began to sip petroleum.
  • Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.
  • If you're not hungry enough to eat an apple, you're not hungry.
  • High-quality food is better for your health.
  • Don't eat anything incapable of rotting.
  • Better to pay the grocer than the doctor.
  • Rule No. 12: shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle.
  • The banquet is in the first bite.
  • There is nothing wrong with special occasion foods, as long as every day is not a special occasion.
  • The Congressional leaders set the agenda for journalism; it's not the other way around.

Michael Pollan Quotes On Food

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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. — Michael Pollan

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

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

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

Shake the hand that feeds you. — Michael Pollan

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. — Michael Pollan

You are what what you eat eats. — Michael Pollan

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 — Michael Pollan

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 — Michael Pollan

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. — Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan Quotes On Nature

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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. — Michael Pollan

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. — Michael Pollan

Another day it occurred to me that time as we know it doesn't exist in a lawn, since grass never dies or is allowed to flower and set seed. Lawns are nature purged of sex or death. No wonder Americans like them so much. — Michael Pollan

Design in nature is but a concatenation of accidents, culled by natural selection until the result is so beautiful or effective as to seem a miracle of purpose. — Michael Pollan

People have traditionally turned to ritual to help them frame and acknowledge and ultimately even find joy in just such a paradox of being human - in the fact that so much of what we desire for our happiness and need for our survival comes at a heavy cost. — Michael Pollan

Any food product that feels compelled to tell you it’s natural in all likelihood is not. — Michael Pollan

Food is also about pleasure, about community, about family and spirituality, about our relationship to the natural world, and about expressing our identity. As long as humans have been taking meals together, eating has been as much about culture as it has been about biology. — Michael Pollan

For we would no longer need any reminding that however we choose to feed ourselves, we eat by the grace of nature, not industry, and what we're eating is never anything more or less than the body of the world. — Michael Pollan

It's very important to get out, to do reporting. It's also really interesting. I come at it as a journalist, and I think that's helped me, and I come at it as someone who sees nature wherever he looks, and that helps. — Michael Pollan

Most of the time pests and disease are just nature's way of telling the farmer he's doing something wrong. — Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan Quotes On Writing

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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. — Michael Pollan

I don't like writing as an expert. I like writing as an amateur. I like writing as an idiot. It's much more fun to start in ignorance. — Michael Pollan

Plus, I love comic writing. Nothing satisfies me more than finding a funny way to phrase something. — Michael Pollan

There’s an assumption that if someone writes in the first person it’s self-indulgent and self-regarding. I just look at it as a tool to understand the world and my experience in it. It’s not a tool to understand myself. — Michael Pollan

I try to write in the first person - the first person not of a journalist but of a carnivore, an eater, a gardener, someone trying to figure out what to feed his family. — Michael Pollan

I really try to write as an ordinary person would, not as someone who's too sophisticated about food, or too knowledgeable about things. — Michael Pollan

I get letters from classes all the time. Say it's assigned in someone's 8th grade class, and the teacher asks everyone to write a letter to me about their impressions and what they learned. So, it's incredibly gratifying to hear. — Michael Pollan

Anyway, in my writing I've always been interested in finding places to stand, and I've found it very useful to have a direct experience of what I'm writing about. — Michael Pollan

Yes, I very much like to have a personal stake in what I'm writing about. — Michael Pollan

My writing is remarkably non-confessional; you actually learn very little about me. — Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan Quotes On Corn

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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). — Michael Pollan

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. — Michael Pollan

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

To wash down your chicken nuggets with virtually any soft drink in the supermarket is to have some corn with your corn. Since the 1980s virtually all the sodas and most of the fruit drinks sold in the supermarket have been sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup. — Michael Pollan

Corn is an efficient way to get energy calories off the land and soybeans are an efficient way of getting protein off the land, so we've designed a food system that produces a lot of cheap corn and soybeans resulting in a lot of cheap fast food. — Michael Pollan

Cooking for yourself is the only sure way to take back control of your diet from the food scientists and food processors, and to guarantee you're eating real food rather than edible foodlike substances, with their unhealthy oils, high-fructose corn syrup, and surfeit of salt. — Michael Pollan

A growing body of research suggests that many of the health problems associated with eating beef are really problems with corn-fed beef. — Michael Pollan

The short, unhappy life of a corn-fed feedlot steer represents the ultimate triumph of industrial thinking over the logic of evolution. — Michael Pollan

So that's us: processed corn, walking. — Michael Pollan

Growing corn, which from a biological perspective had always been a process of capturing sunlight to turn into food, has in no small measure become a process of converting fossil fuels into food. — Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan Quotes On Animals

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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. — Michael Pollan

For at the same time many people seem eager to extend the circle of our moral consideration to animals, in our factory farms and laboratories we are inflicting more suffering on more animals than at any time in history. — Michael Pollan

The human animal is adapted to, and apparently can thrive on, an extraordinary range of different diets, but the Western diet, however you define it, does not seem to be one of them. — Michael Pollan

Now that I know how supermarket meat is made, I regard eating it as a somewhat risky proposition. I know how those animals live and what's on their hides when they go to slaughter, so I don't buy industrial meat. — Michael Pollan

I realize that at a certain point if we're going to change our food system, it's going to be the next generation that's going to be critical. This generation is very interested in food issues, very concerned about things like animal welfare and the impact of the food system on the environment. — Michael Pollan

We're supposed to show people how the world is, to give them the tools they need to make good decisions as citizens or consumers. Depending on what your values are - the environment, your health, animal welfare - the answers are going to be different for every person. — Michael Pollan

This, for many people, is what's most offensive about hunting—to some, disgusting: that it encourages, or allows, us not only to kill but to take a certain pleasure in killing — Michael Pollan

The best farming systems are ones where animals and plants are put into a synergistic relationship. — Michael Pollan

Animals die even if you eat vegetables. That is the nature of farming. There is a certain sacrifice involved. — Michael Pollan

I work very hard on finding good characters who can explain things to me, and I use them to help tell the story. I organize my pieces not just around people but around animals and plants, energy flows, the path that carbon takes through the food system. — Michael Pollan

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

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. — Michael Pollan

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.) — Michael Pollan

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. — Michael Pollan

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. — Michael Pollan

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. — Michael Pollan

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. — Michael Pollan

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. — Michael Pollan

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

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. — Michael Pollan

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. — Michael Pollan

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. — Michael Pollan

...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. — Michael Pollan

Every major food company now has an organic division. There's more capital going into organic agriculture than ever before. — Michael Pollan

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

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. — Michael Pollan

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. — Michael Pollan

I mean, we're really making a quantum change in our relationship to the plant world with genetic modification. — Michael Pollan

I have had the good fortune to see how my articles have directly benefited some farmers and helped build markets for their products in a way that preserves land from development. That makes me a hopeless optimist. — Michael Pollan

When you go to the grocery store, you find that the cheapest calories are the ones that are going to make you the fattest - the added sugars and fats in processed foods. — Michael Pollan

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

The big journals and Nobel laureates are the equivalent of Congressional leaders in science journalism. — Michael Pollan

I'm very hopeful that we'll see some change in our food system. I don't know how far we'll go, or how quickly we'll get there, but there is no question that a significant percentage of the American public is dissatisfied with the food system. — Michael Pollan

I think that the American diet is a very large part of the reason we're spending 2.3 trillion dollar per year on health care in this country. 75% of that money goes to treat chronic diseases, preventable chronic diseases, most of those are linked to diet. — Michael Pollan

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. — Michael Pollan

I really do think that cooking is very important. It's really important for the farmers because it means you're going to be buying real food and not processed food, so that means the farmers will capture more of your food dollar. — Michael Pollan

We have food deserts in our cities. We know that the distance you live from a supplier of fresh produce is one of the best predictors of your health. And in the inner city, people don't have grocery stores. They have to get on a bus and take a long ride to get to a source of fresh produce. — Michael Pollan

There are certain products that it's worth buying organic just because the alternatives have so much pesticide. There's a list of the dirty dozen that you can get off the Web. Strawberries, potatoes. A handful of crops that have very high pesticide residues if you don't buy organic. If you eat that a lot, that's a good place to invest. — Michael Pollan

[Government] regulation is an imperfect substitute for the accountability, and trust, built into a market in which food producers meet the gaze of eaters and vice versa. — Michael Pollan

Not everyone can afford to eat well in America, which is a literal shame, but most of us can: Americans spend less than 10 percent of their income on food, less than the citizens of any other nation. — Michael Pollan

America ships tons of sugar cookies to Denmark and Denmark ships tons of sugar cookies to America. Wouldn't it be more efficient just to swap recipes? — Michael Pollan

Why don't we pay more attention to who our farmers are? We would never be as careless choosing an auto mechanic or babysitter as we are about who grows our food. — Michael Pollan

The gardener cultivates wildness, but he does so carefully and respectfully, in full recognition of its mystery. — Michael Pollan

There's a schizoid quality to our relationship with animals, in which sentiment and brutality exist side by side. Half the dogs in America will receive Christmas presents this year, yet few of us pause to consider the miserable life of the pig - an animal easily as intelligent as a dog - that becomes the Christmas ham. — Michael Pollan

What an extraordinary achievement for a civilization: to have developed the one diet that reliably makes its people sick! — Michael Pollan

Human health should now be thought of as a collective property of the human-associate d microbiota, as one group of researchers recently concluded in a landmark review article on microbial ecology - that is, as a function of the community, not the individual. — Michael Pollan

We could have a greener economy, even a greener consumer economy by changing the rules - whether it's by taxing carbon or trading carbon, I'm not sure what - but in the end there's just a fundamental problem with the sheer amount we're consuming. — Michael Pollan

One of the reasons we eat fast food is that we don't have to cook fast food. We are out-sourcing cooking to corporations, they tend to cook with far too much salt, fat, and sugar. — Michael Pollan

we ask for too much salvation by legislation. All we need to do is empower individuals with the right philosophy and the right information to opt out en masse. (quoting Joel Salatin) — Michael Pollan

Without its daydreams, the self is apt to shrink down to the size and shape of the estimation of others — Michael Pollan

I've always been interested in plants because I'm a gardener, so I have a basic understanding of botany and things like that, but it's all self-taught. — Michael Pollan

The problem is that we let special-occasion food become everyday food. That goes for soda and french fries. — Michael Pollan

Ecology also teaches that all life on earth can be viewed as a competition among species for the solar energy captured by green plants and stored in the form of complex carbon molecules. A food chain is a system for passing those calories on to species that lack the pant's unique ability to synthesize them from sunlight. — Michael Pollan

At either end of any food chain you find a biological system-a patch of soil, a human body-and the health of one is connected-literally-to the health of the other. — Michael Pollan

Measured against the Problem We Face, planting a garden sounds pretty benign, I know, but in fact it’s one of the most powerful things an individual can do - to reduce your carbon footprint, sure, but more important, to reduce your sense of dependence and dividedness: to change the cheap-energy mind. — Michael Pollan

Curiously, the one bodily fluid of other people that doesn't disgust us is the one produced by the human alone: tears. Consider the sole type of used tissue you'd be willing to share. — Michael Pollan

I think perfect objectivity is an unrealistic goal; fairness, however, is not. — Michael Pollan

People say they don't have time to cook, yet in the last few years we have found an extra two hours a day for the internet. — Michael Pollan

Farms produce a lot more than food; they also produce a kind of landscape and a kind of community. — Michael Pollan

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. That, more or less, is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what we humans should eat in order to be maximally healthy. — Michael Pollan

Be the kind of person who takes supplements - then skip the supplements. — Michael Pollan

I made the unexpected but happy discovery that the answer to several of the questions that most occupied me was in fact one and the same: Cook. — Michael Pollan

Imagine if we had a food system that actually produced wholesome food. Imagine if it produced that food in a way that restored the land. Imagine if we could eat every meal knowing these few simple things: What it is we're eating. Where it came from. How it found its way to our table. And what it really cost. If that was the reality, then every meal would have the potential to be a perfect meal. — Michael Pollan

We are what we eat, it is often said, but of course that's only part of the story. We are what what we eat eats too. — Michael Pollan

One of the most irresponsible things we can do is eat in ignorance, without any awareness of what our eating is doing to the world or to other species. — Michael Pollan

People don't eat nutrients, they eat foods, and foods can behave very differently than the nutrients they contain. — Michael Pollan

The green thumb is equable in the face of nature's uncertainties; he moves among her mysteries without feeling the need for control or explanations or once-and-for-all solutions. To garden well is to be happy amid the babble of the objective world, untroubled by its refusal to be reduced by our ideas of it, its indomitable rankness. — Michael Pollan

We need to create incentives for our ranchers and farmers to manage their lands to maximize carbon sequestration. — Michael Pollan

American farmers produced 600 more calories per person per day in 2000 than they did in 1980. But some calories got cheaper than others: Since 1980, the price of sweeteners and added fats (most of them derived, respectively, from subsidized corn and subsidized soybeans), dropped 20 percent, while the price of fresh fruits and vegetables increased by 40 percent. — Michael Pollan

Stop eating before you're full. — Michael Pollan

At home I serve the kind of food I know the story behind. — Michael Pollan

The environment is not just around you, it's passing through you. — Michael Pollan

Life Lessons by Michael Pollan

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  1. Michael Pollan teaches us to be mindful of the food we eat and its sources, emphasizing the importance of eating whole, unprocessed foods.
  2. He encourages us to be conscious of the environmental impact of our food choices and to support sustainable agricultural practices.
  3. He also advises us to be mindful of our relationship with food, to take pleasure in eating, and to recognize the social and cultural aspects of our meals.

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