From Michael Pollan, the bestselling author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, 12 New Eating Resolutions for the New Year:
- Don’t eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
- Avoid foods containing ingredients you can’t pronounce.
- Dont’ eat anything that won’t eventually rot.
- Avoid food products that carry health claims.
- Shop the peripheries of the supermarket; stay out of the middle.
- Better yet, buy food somewhere else: the farmer’s market or CSA.
- Pay more, eat less.
- Eat a wide diversity of species.
- Eat food from animals that eat grass.
- Cook and, if you can, grow some of your own food.
- Eat meals and eat them only at tables.
- Eat deliberately, with other people whenever possible, and always with pleasure.
Another great list for a more sustainable earth. All twelve items on the list, I have followed religiously, my entire life. This is how I was raised.
How about the folks for whom this way of eating is totally foreign? Can they relate to such a list? Do they care? And even if they are interested, will they just read the list, and soon forget about it?
Today, I am hitting a red wall. Questioning the value of the written words to change people’s habits. Is Michael Pollan preaching to the choir with all his books? Is blogging a waste of time? I am growing more and more impatient with myself. Wanting to make a difference. Getting closer and closer to a resolution, and still not quite there yet.