Michael Pollan has such a great perspective on eating and food that I stopped writing a book of my own about the topic. Cartesian viewpoint: we win; nature is diminished. It doesn’t have to be this way.
“What if human consciousness isn’t the end-all and be-all of Darwinism? What if we are all just pawns in corn’s clever strategy game, the ultimate prize of which is world domination? Look at things from a plant’s-eye view — consider the possibility that nature isn’t opposed to culture, that biochemistry rivals intellect as a survival tool. By merely shifting our perspective, he argues, we can heal the Earth. Who’s the more sophisticated species now?”
Am I the dupe of my lawn? We are all being manipulated by corn. We are part of corn’s scheme for world domination.
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From the book, In Defense of Food, here are Pollan’s twelve commandments for the serious eater:
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
1. “Don’t eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”
2. “Avoid foods containing ingredients you can’t pronounce.”
3. “Don’t eat anything that won’t eventually rot.”
4. “Avoid food products that carry health claims.”
5. “Shop the peripheries of the supermarket; stay out of the middle.”
6. “Better yet, buy food somewhere else: the farmers’ market or CSA.”
7. “Pay more, eat less.”
8. “Eat a wide variety of species.”
9. “Eat food from animals that eat grass.”
10. “Cook, and if you can, grow some of your own food.”
11. “Eat meals and eat them only at tables.”
12. “Eat deliberately, with other people whenever possible, and always with pleasure.”