The Omnivore's Dilemma

I finally got around to reading Michael Pollan's excellent book, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. It goes on my list of books that everyone should read. It paints a disturbing picture of the modern industrial food system, that is now up there with global warming on my list of things to worry about. But the book is hopeful too. The system can be fixed, and the movement to fix it is growing. One of the advantages of living near San Francisco is that this is an area where a lot of folks concerned about this problem are active. There are a lot of paradoxes to sort out: the human population of the planet has become immense, and it's not clear that sustainable healthy techniques can feed us all.
September 23, 2007