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In Defense of Food

An Eater’s Manifesto

By Michael Pollan
19-minute read
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In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Michael Pollan

In Defense of Food is a close examination of the rise of nutritionism in our culture, and a historical account of the industrialization of food. An expert in food ecology, author Michael Pollan takes a look at the way in which the food industry shifted our dietary focus from “food” to “nutrients,” and thus narrowed the objective of eating to one of maintaining physical health – a goal it did not accomplish.

  • Anyone concerned about his or her diet and health, and looking to improve them
  • Anyone interested in the actual impact of nutritionism on our physical health
  • Anyone seeking alternatives to the Western diet

Michael Pollan is a journalist and professor of journalism at UC Berkeley. He is a well-known author in the field of food sociology, food science and evolution. Pollan’s previous books include The Omnivore’s Dilemma and Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.

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