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Michael Pollan, American Educator ( - )

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I think perfect objectivity is an unrealistic goal; fairness, however, is not.~Michael Pollan

Goal Think Perfect

A lawn is nature under totalitarian rule.~Michael Pollan

Nature Gardening Lawn

Corn is a greedy crop, as farmers will tell you.~Michael Pollan

You Farmers Tell

High-quality food is better for your health.~Michael Pollan

Food Health Better

My work has gotten more political over time, but once you start exploring food, you find you're up against economics and politics and psychology and anthropology, all of these different things you have to deal with.~Michael Pollan

Work Time Food

Now that I know how supermarket meat is made, I regard eating it as a somewhat risky proposition. I know how those animals live and what's on their hides when they go to slaughter, so I don't buy industrial meat.~Michael Pollan

Live Animals Know

People in Slow Food understand that food is an environmental issue.~Michael Pollan

Food Environmental People

The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.~Michael Pollan

Nature Gardening Garden

Without the potato, the balance of European power might never have tilted north.~Michael Pollan

Power Balance Without

Specialization makes it easy to forget about the filth of the coal-fired power plant that is lighting this pristine computer screen, or the backbreaking labor it took to pick the strawberries for my cereal, or the misery of the hog that lived and died so I could enjoy my bacon.~Michael Pollan

Power Enjoy Plant

In corn, I think I've found the key to the American food chain. If you look at a fast-food meal, a McDonald's meal, virtually all the carbon in it - and what we eat is mostly carbon - comes from corn.~Michael Pollan

Food American Look

The correlation between poverty and obesity can be traced to agricultural policies and subsidies.~Michael Pollan

Poverty Obesity

My work has also motivated me to put a lot of time into seeking out good food and to spend more money on it.~Michael Pollan

Work Time Food

Perhaps more than any other, the food industry is very sensitive to consumer demand.~Michael Pollan

Food Industry Sensitive

A growing and increasingly influential movement of philosophers, ethicists, law professors and activists are convinced that the great moral struggle of our time will be for the rights of animals.~Michael Pollan

Time Struggle Great

For at the same time many people seem eager to extend the circle of our moral consideration to animals, in our factory farms and laboratories we are inflicting more suffering on more animals than at any time in history.~Michael Pollan

Time History People

This is part of human nature, the desire to change consciousness.~Michael Pollan

Change Nature Human Nature

At home I serve the kind of food I know the story behind.~Michael Pollan

Home Food Story

When you go to the grocery store, you find that the cheapest calories are the ones that are going to make you the fattest - the added sugars and fats in processed foods.~Michael Pollan

You Find Go

Corn is an efficient way to get energy calories off the land and soybeans are an efficient way of getting protein off the land, so we've designed a food system that produces a lot of cheap corn and soybeans resulting in a lot of cheap fast food.~Michael Pollan

Food Energy Fast

Every major food company now has an organic division. There's more capital going into organic agriculture than ever before.~Michael Pollan

Food Company Agriculture

I have had the good fortune to see how my articles have directly benefited some farmers and helped build markets for their products in a way that preserves land from development. That makes me a hopeless optimist.~Michael Pollan

Good Me Development

Fairness forces you - even when you're writing a piece highly critical of, say, genetically modified food, as I have done - to make sure you represent the other side as extensively and as accurately as you possibly can.~Michael Pollan

Food Writing You

Plus, I love comic writing. Nothing satisfies me more than finding a funny way to phrase something.~Michael Pollan

Love Funny Writing

In addition to contributing to erosion, pollution, food poisoning, and the dead zone, corn requires huge amounts of fossil fuel - it takes a half gallon of fossil fuel to produce a bushel of corn.~Michael Pollan

Food Environmental Dead

It's no accident that Julia Child appeared on public television - or educational television, as it used to be called. On a commercial network, a program that actually inspired viewers to get off the couch and spend an hour cooking a meal would be a commercial disaster, for it would mean they were turning off the television to do something else.~Michael Pollan

Child Cooking Television