'In Defense of Food' documentary is coming soon

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Michael Pollan's food advice will be mandatory holiday viewing for any health- and green-minded individuals.

Food documentaries are popular with viewers these days, and Michael Pollan is getting in on the action. His bestselling book In Defense of Food has been turned into a new documentary film that will air on PBS at the end of December.

The film follows Pollan as he treks around the United States, with visits to Peru, Tanzania, and France, on a quest to compare culinary traditions and to find out what we should eat in order to be optimally healthy.

Pollan is famous for distilling confusing nutritional advice into clear, concise “food rules” – also the title of one of his books. His food writing resonates with readers because it provides practical solutions. So many of us know, in theory, that we should be eating better, but Pollan makes it easy: Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.

“It’s very rare in our lives where the answer to a complicated question is so simple, but when it comes to eating, it is.”

Pollan takes a strong stance on cooking and eating as being important social activities in today’s often fragmented and individualistic society. I am eager to see how much of that comes through in the film, as I think it’s a valuable message.

Some people take issue with his stance on meat-eating, and after seeing him appear in Cowspiracy and state that people should be eating as little as one ounce of meat weekly, if at all, it will be interesting to see how he tackles that in this film.

Watch it on PBS at 9 p.m. on December 30, 2015.

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