Michael Pollan


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Shopping for Change: A Virtual Trip to the Supermarket, and 4 Key Takeaways

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

The average US supermarket carries more than 30,000 items. With all that choice, you’d think it would be easy to make day-to-day food-buying decisions that are good for people, animals, and the planet. But a trip to a virtual supermarket in a new online feature shows why that isn’t necessarily true, and what it will take to make real change in our food and farming system. Read more >

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Food and Farm Progress to be Thankful For

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

It seems like a million years since October 2008. That’s when author Michael Pollan published his open letter to the next “farmer-in-chief,” calling on the incoming president to take bold steps to transform the nation’s food system. The role of farmer-in-chief has been inhabited ever since by Barack Obama, and as his presidency winds down, some observers—including Pollan—have criticized the administration for not doing enough.

Others have tempered that assessment, arguing that the Obamas accomplished a lot in the food arena under tough circumstances, even though we have a long way to go. Personally, I agree with the latter view: we have quite a bit to be thankful for, in terms of concrete progress over the last eight years toward a healthier, fairer, more vibrant food system. Read more >

Photo: Karen Perry Stillerman
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A New Year’s Resolution “In Defense of Food”

, senior analyst, Food and Environment

Congratulations, you’ve nearly survived the holidays! The gifts have been unwrapped, lavish meals cooked and eaten, countless cookies consumed, and maybe the family is getting restless after all that togetherness. Now what? For inspiration during this last week of the year, I give you a movie review and a suggestion for a New Year’s resolution that—for once—could have real lasting impact. Read more >

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