Michael Pollan: Foodie Philosopher

The Berkeley, California author is writing the commandments of sustainability

All that was needed to confirm that you were a member of the tribe was a glance at the book cover sticking out of your canvas bag as you browsed organic arugula at the farmers' market. Michael Pollan's 2006 treatise The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals wasn't the first to deconstruct America's supersize industrial food system, but no other can claim its enormous influence, both as a literary work of high-foodie writing and as the nucleus for a movement. He traced the ills of factory food--obesity, environmental destruction, animal cruelty--to the government-mandated overproduction of a single staple crop:...

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