Michael Pollan on swine flu, Monsanto and more

The alternative news Web site AlterNet is featuring a wide-ranging interview with Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. In it, Pollan looks at the investigation into the root cause of swine flu, Monsanto’s claims of sustainability and the food industry’s attempt to put on a healthy face by replacing high-fructose corn syrup with sugar.  Pollan’s words of wisdom on how to avoid these and other specious claims are quite simple:

… if you want to avoid all this, simply don’t buy any food you’ve ever seen advertised. Ninety-four percent of ad budgets for food go to processed food. I mean, the broccoli growers don’t have money for ad budgets.

AlterNet’s pages load slowly, but the interview is well worth the four-page read.


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