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Issue 43 - 01 | An Eater’s Manifesto

By Michael Pollan
Published Feb. 7, 2008 1:18 a.m.
“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.

We are entering a postindustrial era of food; for the first time in a generation it is possible to leave behind the Western diet without having also to leave behind civilization. And the more eaters who vote with their forks for a different kind of food, the more commonplace and accessible such food will become. This is an eater’s manifesto, an invitation to join the movement that is renovating our food system in the name of health—health in the very broadest sense of that word.”

About Michael Pollan | Michael Pollan is the author of "In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto," to be published in January 2008 by The Penguin Press, and this manifesto is taken from his book’s introduction. His previous books include "The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals," named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post; "The Botany of Desire"; "Second Nature"; and "A Place of My Own." Pollan is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and is a Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley.


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