O.K., yes I have a crush on Michael Pollan and have had ever since I interviewed him during an infamous Portland ice storm. And yes, my husband knows. And yes, Michael Pollan is married. But also, big yes, as part of the press around the opening of the film Food Inc., you can chat with Michael Pollan today on Facebook and ask him anything you want to. You can also read our reviews of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food before, in case you haven't read them or just want to review talking points. Be there - 3 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. You have to have a Facebook or Twitter profile to join, but there's time. I won't be there, as it's midnight in my time zone. But somebody ask him what he's working on next.An omnivore has many dilemmas
As Pollan has written, our food choices are incredibly important and can shape the future world we want to live in, but also fraught with lots of dilemmas.
"You vote for what you eat by what you buy at the supermarket Pollan said in a FoxNews story
This can make food shopping more interesting, more challenging, and sometimes, more frustrating. But Pollan's prescriptions can make it a little bit easier to think about. "Eat Food. Not too Much. Mostly Plants," is one of his more famous sayings, and it goes a long way toward de-stressing the dilemma.
Seven eating rules to live by
In a recent St. Louis Dispatch article, the authors glean some rules from the Omnivore's Dilemma, including "Don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognize as food," and "Don't eat anything with more than five ingredients." I like that last one quite a lot, but is sure makes it difficult to shop in a regular supermarket, including Whole Foods. So Pollan's next prescription, "Stay out of the middle of the supermarket" is kind of helpful, as is "Don't eat anything that won't eventually rot." Also great is, "Don't buy food where you buy gasoline." What about if you can reach 7-Eleven on your bicycle? You can't buy real food at 7-Eleven. Period.
How to still have fun while eating
If you put too many restrictions on eating, it can take all the fun and sociability out of it. Luckily, busy writers over at Planet Green are making up great and sustainably-oriented menus for good eating, even when you have to feed a party, and on a budget. This jibes with only one of Pollan's last two prescriptions. "Always leave the table a little hungry" which is nearly impossible to do but possibly good to just keep in mind, and "Enjoy meals with the people you love." See, not so hard.
To prepare for Pollan's chat, you can read the first chapter of The Omnivore's Dilemma at his web site.
Read more at TreeHugger and Planet Green on green eating
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