Yesterday I had the privelege of attending a lunch at Soul in Auckland where Michael Pollan was guest speaker. I have previously read his book The Omnivore’s Dilemma which was incredibly thought provoking and I have just started his latest book In Defence of Food.
Michael in his own words is a naturist before food writer and his connection with food is based on the way our food choices impact on nature.
Some thought provoking comments that I took the time to write down from Michaels talk include:
* His 7 word thoughts on eating – Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.
* Don’t eat anything your great grandmother (or anyone elses great grandmother) didn’t recognise as food.
* Nutritionism divides the world of food into “good and evil” and constantly changes their thoughts over time.
* One of the most important votes you can cast is the one you make with your fork on a daily basis.
* Eating used to be a normal activity, now it seems we need experts to tell us what to eat.
* Agriculture changes the species existing in the world.
* Don’t eat anything incapable of rotting – with a few exceptions like honey.
* Do your shopping around the outside of the supermarket without spending too much time (or money) within the aisles.
I think these points are very thought provoking and it seems that we are straying so far away from real food that we need to be reminded to think before we eat.
What do others think?