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Michael Pollan
Nationality: American
Category: Educator
Subcategory: American Educator

Anyway, in my writing I've always been interested in finding places to stand, and I've found it very useful to have a direct experience of what I'm writing about.


In addition to contributing to erosion, pollution, food poisoning, and the dead zone, corn requires huge amounts of fossil fuel - it takes a half gallon of fossil fuel to produce a bushel of corn.


When you go to the grocery store, you find that the cheapest calories are the ones that are going to make you the fattest - the added sugars and fats in processed foods.


I have had the good fortune to see how my articles have directly benefited some farmers and helped build markets for their products in a way that preserves land from development. That makes me a hopeless optimist.


I think perfect objectivity is an unrealistic goal; fairness, however, is not.


My work has also motivated me to put a lot of time into seeking out good food and to spend more money on it.


A growing and increasingly influential movement of philosophers, ethicists, law professors and activists are convinced that the great moral struggle of our time will be for the rights of animals.


The larger meaning here is that mainstream journalists simply cannot talk about things that the two parties agree on; this is the black hole of American politics.


You cannot eat apples planted from seeds. They must be grafted, cloned.


People in Slow Food understand that food is an environmental issue.


Now that I know how supermarket meat is made, I regard eating it as a somewhat risky proposition. I know how those animals live and what's on their hides when they go to slaughter, so I don't buy industrial meat.


The things journalists should pay attention to are the issues the political leadership agrees on, rather than to their supposed antagonisms.


Every major food company now has an organic division. There's more capital going into organic agriculture than ever before.


The big journals and Nobel laureates are the equivalent of Congressional leaders in science journalism.


In general, science journalism concerns itself with what has been published in a handful of peer-reviewed journals - Nature, Cell, The New England Journal of Medicine - which set the agenda.


At home I serve the kind of food I know the story behind.


This is part of human nature, the desire to change consciousness.


Without the potato, the balance of European power might never have tilted north.


Perhaps more than any other, the food industry is very sensitive to consumer demand.


For at the same time many people seem eager to extend the circle of our moral consideration to animals, in our factory farms and laboratories we are inflicting more suffering on more animals than at any time in history.


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