Mark Bittman, NY Times food writer, is a reasonable man. Much like Michael Pollan, he sees the problems with the earth and our diets as complex, but the solution as fairly simple. Where Pollan boils his argument down to the pithy “eat food, not too much, mostly plants”, Bittman brings his down to the even pithier “eat good food”.
Good food, as it turns out, is mostly plants. Plants, he says, and not the components of those plants. The tomato, not the lycopene. The carrot, not the beta carotene. Lycopene, beta carotene.. those things are all good for you, but it is the tomato, the carrot that provides them.
The video here is from Ted Talks. Ted, and I am hip enough to have heard about this long, long ago (two weeks… so sue me), is the intelligentsia’s way of creating a social site with just enough exclusivity to make it feel ivy league. All longing for inclusion aside, it is actually full of good stuff from good thinkers. Bittman was a surprise. Not that he isn’t a good thinker. He is. It’s just that Pollan would have been a much more obvious choice.
But Bittman more than holds his own. His talk is excellent and his points are well presented. No real new ground is broken for those of us who read or watch this kind of stuff all the time.. except for this.
Locavores (people who seek local food), vegetarians, gourmets, we’re all essentially the same. Opposition to industrial food is a common goal and it’s all about good food.
Fight the fight. Grow a garden. Eat your vegetables.