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Blog Policy – Guidelines for Sharing your Point of View

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A few of the comments posted in response to the call for questions did not include questions for Pollan (“comments that are not relevant to the original post”) or included verbal attacks on individuals (“personal attacks”). As such, these were not posted, but we welcome you to resubmit and invite everyone to share their point of view in a civil manner.

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6 thoughts on “Blog Policy – Guidelines for Sharing your Point of View

  1. Because so many Americans have made the topic of food and “what to eat” so complicated (as you point out in your book)…. How do you suggest we go back and learn how to make it simple again? I know “eating food–not too much- mostly plants” is the way to do it, but psychologically how do we undo all the damage? How are we (as a nation) going to not only realize, but change our ridiculous relationship with food? (something that was once simple and part of a pleasant experience.)

  2. All I can say is that some of our food and unfortunately, most of them, are not that healthy anymore. Organic farming is a nice idea where you can plant your own produce and you don't have to worry if they are laden with chemicals or not, unless of course, you've tried doing that. We do almost every weekend saltwater surf fishing but we are not sure if the fish are contaminated or not. (original post from cannedguds posted to closed call for questions; moved here because that post is closed — moderator)

  3. Imagine that we all live in a world where corn subsidies are a thing of the past, and the full cost of fertilizer, herbicides, and pesticides are taken in account. Responding to market and social pressures, farmers have moved away from a system based on monoculture to a system more closely resembling the Salatin farm.

    In this world, we find Michael Pollan as the new CEO of a giant food company, like Kraft or General Mills. What would you (MP) envision for this company in terms of the "food" it produces and the business model it encompasses?

    Alternatively, if you were the CEO of the same company today, where would you direct the company given the current market realities? (Theran) 9/22/09 (Posted after call for questions closed, moved here per policy — moderator)

  4. My name is Lou Armentano and I do research on feeding what you label 'industrial waste' to cattle. A main premise of your book is that when whole grains and whole oil seeds are processed to make 'food products' (flour, oil, sugar, alcohol, etc.) for people, we remove many of the valuable components of the original food. It is exactly these removed plant components that we feed to animals. How do they get transformed from positive components removed from human diets into industrial waste when fed to animals? Or is this simply one example of the sophistry you use to foist illogical conclusions on a naive audience? By the way, not only do modern cows eat these feeds (on farms small and large), but so did their grandmothers and great grandmothers. However, since being enlightened by your book, I have noticed the birds and squirrels in my backyard are removing hulls from the nuts and seeds they eat and discarding the hulls; even worse the hummingbirds are taking only sugar rich nectar from the flowers rather than eating the entire flour; should I be concerned for their health?

    Louis E. Armentano
    Department of Agricultural and Life Sciences
    (Posted after call for questions closed — moderator)

  5. Food today has been so mucked around with that it is a "sin" to call it food at all. After plant food has been grown in mineral depleted soils, the plant is sick & vulnerable to the bugs which attack so then they spray all sorts of crap on on it, then its bleached, deodorized, fillers are added & processed into a package to sell to us as food.When we ingest this so called food our bodies then identify this not as food but as a foregien substance & send white blood cells to it therby taxing our immune system and our health.

    We need to get back to nature.