Tuesday, February 20, 2007

"Omnivore´s Dilemma" Teaser... more great stuff from Michael Pollan



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    “No, I don’t think you understand. I don’t believe it’s sustainable—‘organic,’ if you will—to FedEx meat all around the country,” Joel told me. “I’m afraid if you want to try one of our chickens, you’re going to have to drive down here to pick it up.”

    This man was serious. He went on to explain that Polyface does not ship long distance, does not sell to supermarkets, and does not wholesale its food. All of the meat and eggs that Polyface produces is eaten within a few dozen miles or, at the most, half a day’s drive of the farm—within the farm’s “foodshed.”

    (The typical fruit or vegetable on an American’s plate travels some 1,500 miles to get there, and is frequently better traveled and more worldly than its eater.)

    “Don’t you find it odd that people will put more work into choosing their mechanic or house contractor than they will into choosing the person who grows their food?”

1 comments:

Kevin said...

This is the article that really got me into Michael Pollan and what sparked my interest to go on and read "Omnivore´s Dilemma". I think it is a must read for anyone interested in healthy and conscientious eating and living. Struggle with the dilemma of where to buy your food or what to buy when you are there? You might want to pick up "Omnivore´s Dilemma".

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