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Culinary Cinema

In Defense of Food

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“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” With this seven-word maxim, journalist Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) distills a career’s worth of reporting into a prescription for reversing the damage being done to people’s health by today’s industrially driven Western diet.
In Defense of Food debunks the daily media barrage of conflicting claims about nutrition. Travelling the globe and the supermarket aisles to illustrate the principles of his bestselling “eater’s manifesto,” Pollan offers a clear answer to one of the most perplexing and urgent questions of our time: What should I eat to be healthy?
Based on extensive research, In Defense of Food offers viewers simple, practical advice throughout the film about how to eat healthier, such as “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food”, “Eat only foods that will eventually rot” and “Treat meat as a flavoring or special occasion food.” It is indispensable viewing for anyone interested in the relationship between food and health.

USA 2015, 78 min


Michael Schwarz


Michael Pollan

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