Tonight I had the pleasure of hearing Michael Pollan discuss his new book, Food Rules, at the Tribeca Barnes & Noble — just one of the many perks of living in this glorious neighborhood! Other than being a columnist at the prestigious New York Times, Pollan is just a regular guy who was curious enough about food to explore what we as Americans are eating and brave enough to publish the truths he discovered. Which, anyone who is familiar with his work or knows anything about the food industry can attest, is rather shocking.
Having read three of Pollan’s five books, his down-to-earth and friendly demeanor permeates his writing. Seeing him speak was no different. One statement he made tonight stood out: If we as a society ate less meat, there would be no shortage of organic food to go around.
As a health counselor, I am grateful for the work Pollan has done over the past few years to bring awareness to the shortcomings of the food industry. And I told him so when he signed my book. Not only has Pollan’s work shown us where we are amiss, it has invoked change at a government level and inspired individuals to seek education for how to live healthier lives. As a health counselor, this supports my crusade to make my clients more enlightened eaters.