Thursday, May 28, 2009


"Through a long, incremental process of trial and error, cultures discover what works--how best to reconcile human needs with whatever nature has to offer us in a particular place."

Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

The end products are cuisines deeply embedded in local ways of living and mostly healthy. This is quite different from the radical innovations of industrialized nutritionism that have separated us from food, the environment, and healthful living. I love Pollan's advice to shop the perimeters of supermarkets and avoid the middles as much as possible.

Gardening is one way back to connecting with the production of food and what we eat. But gardens offer other leadership and life lessons:

"Not that everything in the garden always works out so well; it doesn't, but there is value in the inevitable failures too."


Sarah Oldmixon said...

You might enjoy Fresh:

It premiered here in DC on Tuesday night - really excellent. The movie includes interviews with Pollan and McArthur Genius Will Allen.

Bob Giloth said...

Thanks. visited will allen in milwaukee. a wonderful inventor farmer community builder. And he's created some jobs along the way