Michael Pollan Quotes

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Bennelong, NSW, 18 November 2014

“A garden should make you feel you’ve entered privileged space — a place not just set apart but reverberant — and it seems to me that, to achieve this, the gardener must put some kind of twist on the existing landscape, turn its prose into something nearer poetry.” ~Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education

“Culture, when it comes to food, is of course a fancy word for your mom.” ~Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

“Dreams of innocence are just that; they usually depend on a denial of reality that can be its own form of hubris.” ~Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

“Eating is also an ecological act, and a political act, too. Though much has been done to obscure this simple fact, how and what we eat determines to a great extent the use we make of the world – and what is to become of it. To eat with a fuller consciousness of all that is at stake might sound like a burden, but in practice few things in life can afford quite as much satisfaction. By comparison, the pleasures of eating industrially, which is to say eating in ignorance, are fleeting. Many people today seem perfectly content eating at the end of an industrial food chain, without a thought in the world; this book is probably not for them.” ~ Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

“Eating’s not a bad way to get to know a place.” ~Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

“For it is only by forgetting that we ever really drop the thread of time and approach the experience of living in the present moment, so elusive in ordinary hours.” ~Michael Pollan, The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s Eye View of the World

“More grass means less forest; more forest less grass. But either-or is a construction more deeply woven into our culture than into nature, where even antagonists depend on one another and the liveliest places are the edges, the in-betweens or both-ands….. Relations are what matter most.” ~Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

“Rule No.37 The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead.” ~Michael Pollan

« Shake the hand that feeds you.” ~Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

“The green thumb is equable in the face of nature’s uncertainties; he moves among her mysteries without feeling the need for control or explanations or once-and-for-all solutions. To garden well is to be happy amid the babble of the objective world, untroubled by its refusal to be reduced by our ideas of it, its indomitable rankness.” ~Michael Pollan, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education

“The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway.” ~ Michael Pollan

“The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from the mere animal biology to an act of culture.” ~Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto

“The single greatest lesson the garden teaches is that our relationship to the planet need not be zero-sum, and that as long as the sun still shines and people still can plan and plant, think and do, we can, if we bother to try, find ways to provide for ourselves without diminishing the world. ” ~Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

“… the way we eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world. Daily, our eating turns nature into culture, transforming the body of the world into our bodies and minds.” ~Michael Pollan, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

“…There’s a lot of money in the Western diet. The more you process any food, the more profitable it becomes. The healthcare industry makes more money treating chronic diseases (which account for three quarters of the $2 trillion plus we spend each year on health care in this country) than preventing them. ” ~Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual

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