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What’s for dinner? Michael Pollan reveals what’s really on your plate.

While researching his uber-popular (and beautifully written) books The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, Michael Pollan became an expert on what happens to your dinner before it reaches the plate. And once you know, you’ll never eat the same again.

Kathleen chats with Michael about the dark side of the American food system and the perils of an industrialized diet filled with “edible food-like substances.” (Twinkies, this means you). But the poison runs deeper than just processed foods—he explains how commodity crops, factory farming and a narrowed food system are contributing to diseases like cancer, destroying the environment and making our chow virtually unrecognizable.

There is, however, a very big bright spot in all of this. Michael shares specific advice for voting with your wallet, making better food choices (nothing with more than 5 ingredients) and his personal mantra for eating towards a healthier life and planet.

And—on a very personal note—Michael talks to Kathleen about finding his voice and reaching success after 40. Amen to that.

(To hear Kathleen’s personal—and fired up!—comments on this topic, be sure to listen to her opening monologue.)

Michael Pollan is the nation’s foremost food crusader and the author of In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. He is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine and is a Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley.

Buy The Omnivore’s Dilemma

Visit Michael’s website

Buy In Defense of Food


Listen to Michael Pollan:

May 23rd, 2009Michael Pollan Interview

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May 23rd, 2009Kathleen's Monologue: Michael Pollan

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May 23rd, 2009Episode: What’s For dinner? Food crusader Michael Pollan reveals what’s really on your plate.

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