Perhaps as the sway of tradition in our eating decisions weakens, habits we once took for granted are thrown up in the air, where they're more easily buffeted by a strong idea or a breeze of fashion.
("The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals")
More Quotes from Michael Pollan:Perhaps more than any other, the food industry is very sensitive to consumer demand.
In addition to contributing to erosion, pollution, food poisoning, and the dead zone, corn requires huge amounts of fossil fuel - it takes a half gallon of fossil fuel to produce a bushel of corn.
But that's the challenge -- to change the system more than it changes you.
Cheapness and ignorance are mutually reinforcing. And it's a short way from not knowing who's at the other end of your food chain to not caring - to the carelessness of both producers and consumers.
So this is what commodity corn can do to a cow: industrialize the miracle of nature that is a ruminant, taking this sunlight- and prairie grass-powered organism and turning it into the last thing we need: another fossil fuel machine. This one, however, is able to suffer.
I think perfect objectivity is an unrealistic goal; fairness, however, is not.
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We're going to take risks. What has always been will not necessarily always be forever.
And so we said to General Motors that the solution had to be a first year increase, which had to be sizeable because we bad to catch up with the lost position as against the cost of living and we had to make some progress.
How we love sequestering, where no pests are pestering.