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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Michael Pollan at Goucher

I saw Michael Pollan speak last night at Goucher College and not only was he interesting, but surprisingly funny too!  He spoke a lot about being mindful of what you eat.  I like that idea a lot, and it is something I constantly strive to do - but just as he admits, good, healthy food can often be expensive.  This is something that just needs to change institutionally. 

I took a lot of notes during the lecture and left feeling like I wanted to immediately drive up to my local farm and buy a whole cow- but what I thought about the most was what he said about eating out.  He said that if he eats out, he will only eat fish or vegetarian dishes since he does not eat meat from feed lots.  He will eat meat if the restaurant specifically lists the (grass fed) farm they use. 

This is definitely something that has been popping up in the last couple of years with Woodberry Kitchen, The Dogwood, B-Bistro (any others that you know of?), and the popularity of bison from Gunpowder Bison.  As Michael Pollan said - we are casting a vote everytime we purchase something.  I would much rather my vote be cast on meat that has been raised close by.

Oh, one thing that really made my night?  He agreed that Chipotle is a great fast food business since it usually chooses local suppliers for their meats.  YAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY!!!!!!!!!!

Anyway, just my two cents.  Anyone else see the lecture?  What did you think?


falnfenix said...

Have you seen Food, Inc. yet? If you haven't, I HIGHLY recommend it.

Nakiya @ Taste of Baltimore said...

I did actually. It made me give the evil eye to Perdue, Tyson and Smithfield everytime I go to the supermarket!

It was so disturbing!! :(

Anonymous said...

So bummed I missed this lecture!

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