This is the end…

30 Mar

As this project comes to an end, our ability to learn will not.  Knowledge is a huge part of being the change you want to see in the world, and this knowledge that I have gained by doing this project has given me more evidence to base my opinions off of.

I wouldn’t say Michael Pollan has completely changed the way I think about food.  Being the pessimist (I like to call this realist) that I am, I can only think of the millions of people who do not care about food as much as I do (or have the ability to care about food the way I do).

It’s funny (actually sad) that  Pollan has written a book to educate people and enlighten them about the agricultural practices and problems we are currently facing, but fails to really talk about all the people who would NEVER have the ability to change the way they eat (or even have a chance to eat).  He seems elitist and ignores the fact that if EVERYONE had the chance to make informed food choices, we would be in a very different predicament.

I think it is great that he has the opportunity to check out George Naylor’s farm.  I think it’s great he had the opportunity to spend a week at Polyface Farm and experience Joel Salatin’s charming character.  I think it’s great he got to go hunting and forage his own food and create a meal using only the ingredients he CHOSE to use.

BUT here is the reality (in my opinion):

  • Most people do not have all these opportunities or the time to travel and experience the world firsthand like Pollan did (does)
  • Most people do not have the time to think about food
  • There are millions of people in the world who would give their right arm to be able to eat a chicken, let alone choose between eating an organic chicken, free-range chicken, or industrial chicken.
  • Most people do not care about who is growing our food and what is going into our food
  • And when people do care, it will be a long time before any big changes can occur



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