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Eat with consciousness.

Beautiful interview with Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma. Via kottke.org

If there's one thing that you hope the readers of The Omnivore's Dilemma will take away with them, what would that be?

MP: Eat with consciousness. When you eat with consciousness, and you know what you're eating, and you eat it in full appreciation of what it is, it's enormously satisfying. You also confront certain ethical dilemmas. I think it's important that we do that. One of the most irresponsible things we can do is eat in ignorance, without any awareness of what our eating is doing to the world or to other species.

Comments

arugula

Too bad Pollan doesn't follow his own advice. He is still a corpse eater.

Elise

Yeah really. I looked at his photo on his website. Is that what someone who is healthy looks like? Bald, emaciated, wrinkled, skinny. He looks like your average day yoga instructor, which isn't a good thing.

I don't care what anyone says, going bald isn't natural. I think it's an indicator of an internal health problem.

Carla

Dhrumil,
You have got to go to www.passsionforhealth.org and read the 'beyond AWESOME' 4 PART interview Mike Kinnaird did w/DAVE KLEIN...and feature it here on We Like it RAW! It will truly resonate with your readers:) muah!
~CARLA

Dhrumil

Beautiful interview means beautiful interview. I didn't say he was a shinning example of health, but I can respect the fact that his work and writing is really empowering a lot of people around the nation to take a second look at what they eat.

Someone doesn't have to be completely committed to "raw" for me to appreciate them. In fact it is his willingness to put himself out there which is amazing.

Also, his work and education on the upcoming Farm Subsidies Bill will probably do wonders for the larger raw/conscious food movement.

Anna

Maintaining awareness is extremely challenging whether it be mindful breathing, non-jugemental communication or conscious consumption.
p.s. Dhrumil, i think you mean "shining"

Anna

pps and I meant "judgemental" =)

Sandeep Sood

wow...a few comments in this string illustrate exactly what scares me about food fundamentalism. When you start judging people based on the amount of hair on their head, something is really wrong...besides, my hair line is starting to recede, and I'm still a bad-ass mother******.

Sanford

I have no idea where to post this so this looks like as good a place as any. When I am fortunate enough to get some raw cashews that I can successfully sprout, I thought it would be cool if I could try and grow a cashew tree. Before I do though, I wanted to make sure that it is safe. Since the cashew nuts have a shell that contains a toxic resin, is that going to be harmful to the environment around me? Am I going to have dead squirrels in my yard because they are trying to eat the cashews? Will kids in the neighborhood get sick or die because they tried to eat some cashews that fell from the tree? I thought it would be really cool to have a cashew tree, but obviously I wouldn't plant it if my concerns above were valid. I would really appreciate it if anyone out there knows the answer. I've emailed sunfood.com and rawfood.com and for some reason they have not answered me. :(

Anna

Hi Sanford,

One type of resource that might help you find some answers is organic edible gardenning books/sites. Good luck with your quest!

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