Wed, Oct 28 Michael Pollan "Botany of Desire" on Public TV

"We don't give nearly enough credit to plants. They've been working on us, they've been using us for their own purposes." Those words are first thing out of Micael Pollan's mouth on the Public TV special this week.

That's a good start isn't it? Tune in!

And, in an article in the November/December/January 2009-2010 Organic Gardening, Pollan talks about organic food, Michelle Obama and the local food movement. The issue is on newsstands now.

Pollan sat down with Organic Gardening Managing Editor Therese Ciesinski.
A few quotes from the interview in Organic Gardening:
"organic is in danger of being co-opted" and that he's been on organic factory farms and "…if most organic consumers went to those places, they would feel they were getting ripped off."

First Lady Michelle Obama "She talks about organic, but she also talks about fresh. Basically, getting away from processed food is key. And if you're eating produce, and it's not organic, it's a big step up from eating processed food. All these partial steps are very important."

"Organic is in danger of being co-opted."

"I think we're going to see a lot of growth in alternative food chains, all of them, local and organic. I think pastured meat production is going to get a lot bigger. The importance of grass as a way to both provide healthy meat that people want and to sequester carbon in the soil will become better recognized. I can image in 5 years that there will be grass-fed beef in every supermarket."

Pollan on what's missing from our food syst...
"…What's missing from our food system is resiliency. We have efficiency, but resiliency is a different value, and you get resiliency through redundancy. So we need organic, we need local, we need pasture-based, and we probably need industrial as well."

Pollan on if he prefers local foods to organic food...
"No, I don't. I support local, because in my experience here in California, local is organ . . . But if I were a supermarket shopper I would, because you can't meet farmers face to face and you don't really know what they're doing, so to the extent people depend on the supermarket and are not interested in the farmers' market, we need organic. If people are willing to put in more time and like the farmers' market experience-because it is more than food that's on offer there— then local, definitely."

The transcript for the entire tv program is here at a PBS link.


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