Saturday, October 11, 2008

The future of food

I highly, highly recommend reading an article recently published in the New York Times by Michael Pollan, written as a letter to the next president, all about moving America toward a better, more secure food future.

Seriously, read the whole thing.

Pollan has so many good suggestions for moving away from monocultures and toward more sustainable, but still large-scale food production techniques: "sun-based regional agriculture", he calls it. Some of the proposals are so simple that you'd be hard pressed to think of a reason not to implement them. Even the trickier ones still make perfect sense.

This should be required reading for everyone, especially the next president.


John A said...

Good article, and by extention I'll HIGHLY recommend Pollan's two books on the nature of America's food, The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food.

The Omnivore's Dilemma is the most captivating non-fiction book I've ever read. If you liked the article, the book blows it out to the nth degree.

Emily said...

I've heard good things about The Omnivore's Dilemma and just didn't make the connection that this was the same guy. I'll definitely check it out.

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