John Blevins bespreekt In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifestovan Michael Pollan:
Pollan’s latest follows up on his 2006 work, The Omnivore’s Dilemma. There, he focused both on the production of the modern Western diet and the environmental damage it causes. In his new book, by contrast, he shifts focus to the individual, examining the effects of different diets upon humans. Unsurprisingly, the obesity-creating American diet doesn’t earn high marks. Pollan’s primary argument is that we should eat food — real food — rather than “edible food-like substances.” Rejecting the latest nutritionist fads, his motto is simple: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
What’s striking about Pollan’s argument is how fundamentally conservative it is. Echoing many of Burke’s arguments, Pollan elevates the wisdom of traditional customs over the relatively puny powers of Western reason.
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