In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, by Michael Pollan
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. – Michael Pollan
Many Americans worry about putting food on the table. When they do get the food to their families, it’s not necessarily what many would traditionally consider “food”.
As described in the Omnivore’s Dilemma, agriculture corporations have paid off the government to help create a complex, cheap-fossil-fuel-based unsustainable food production system, in a successful effort to temporarily control global food supply. Beyond the injustices it has created – destroying family farms, destabilizing world food markets, cheap labor exploitation and more – the system is destroying itself; its toxic inputs are poisoning the water and washing away soil the system needs to continue.
As food supply grows, nutrient levels have dropped, leading Big Ag to genetically manipulate their crops in an attempt to protect them from new super pests the’ve created, and to keep their customers alive as the quality of the food is leaving the population undernourished.
This book explores the history of “nutritionism” in the US, how corporations have bought your health, and how to get your family healthy again.
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