Michael Pollan came to Canada — almost.
The promotional tour for his new book "In Defense of Food" landed him an interview on CBC Radio's The Current (listen to the interview here) this past Wednesday, January 9th. He wasn't actually in Canada — he broadcast his bit from the CBC studios in New York while the show's host was in Toronto — but it was close enough for me.
I doubt he said anything that he hasn't said, or will not say, on your own local radio station (or national syndicated broadcast) wherever you are, but still I was glad to be eating eggs from my CSA when his voice unexpectedly appeared on my kitchen radio.
I haven't yet read the new book, and I am familiar with a lot of what he said in the interview, but hopefully a lot of Montrealers (and Canadians) had their radios tuned to CBC and heard his spiel. I hope what he said will cause them to think about their food choices and the consequences these choices have on their bodies, the environment, and the people who produce them.
A point that Pollan said that struck home with me was that doctors have to focus more on nutrtitiion, which would perhaps start with getting junk food out of hospitals.
Another great point he made was when Anna Maria Tremonti asked how people will find the time to buy more whole unprocessed foods and then cook their own food, what with people having children and jobs and all those other modern things. Michael simply pointed out that people must make feeding themselves a bigger priority in their lives. He added that ten years ago we weren't spending 2 or 3 hours a day on the internet and that we managed to find that chunk of time — there are still only 24 hours in a day.
His point causes me to quickly end this post and go tend to my fermenting cabbage and my slow cooker, which is making me a stew.