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Found the following article on my favorite procrastinating haunt, The article is entitled 6 Fake Foods You (Will Wish You Didn't) Have In Your Kitchen--warning for mild cursing. Kind of a horrifying article about food. In happier news, yesterday I went to the grocery store and followed Michael Pollan's advice. I "shopped the periphery," buying only apples, an apple cutter, carrots, organic chips, and organic chocolate milk. Go me!
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"It is the safest of times, it is the riskiest of times.... What the Dickens is going on here?"
--Denton Morrison, on chemicals, technology, and risk, quoted in National Academy of Sciences, Improving Risk Communication, 1989

Other than the fact that I am obsessed with Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities, I like this quote because it sounds like something Pollan might say if he were a stuck-up English major.
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Reminds me sooo much of what Pollan and Schlosser talk about. Picture show of fast foods by Jon Feinstein, via

Mmm, looks delicious, doesn't it?
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Paraphrased from Michael Pollan's lecture today, "In Defense of Food: the Omnivore's Solution." My favorite thing he said was something like, "Whenever you go shopping, imagine your grandma there rolling along with you. Would she eat it? Would she even know what it is? If not, you shouldn't eat it, either." And no foods with more than five ingredients. We just don't know what's in it. Makes very good common sense to me!

From personal experience, I'd suggest adding, "Don't eat what your dog won't." (And often, "don't eat what your dog will," because you'd be horrified to know what they're putting in that puppy chow.)

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...any better than non-organic food? I'd like to hear Michael Pollan's views on the subject. I know it's bad if the emphasis is on feeding the hungry and quantity-not-quality, but just how bad is it? Do the gains in quality (i.e., for our health) and the savings to the environment overcome the loss in quantity?

EDIT: I just saw a McDonald's commercial as I wrote this. Yay.

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Because I'm going to see Michael Pollan soon:

One of the most disturbing books I've ever read: Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser. Investigative journalism that somehow manages to condemn without being condemnatory. "There's shit in the meat." Wow. Try to go to McDonald's and not hear Schlosser's voice in your head after reading this.

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