“In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan

A well-written, informative and witty commentary on the dangers of the western food culture. A reminder that the health of individual human beings is closely related to the ecological, cultural and agricultural environment (soil, plants and animals).

Pollan argues that reductionist nutrition science takes nutrients out of the context of whole foods and foods out of the context of culture, and advocates instead a holistic approach to food, emphasizing the relationships between foods, people, culture and the ecosystem. He recommends traditional diets and whole foods over industrialized foods, because they have stood the test of time as products of “biocultural evolution”.

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