If you missed the last Bill Moyers Journal on PBS with Michael Pollan, don’t dispair — the episode is available online in two parts. Moyers presses Pollan, the author of In Defense of Food and the Omnivore’s Dilemma on just why our food/farm policies are so bad and what we can do to cut down on greenhouse gases and plant a garden.
I’ve read both books, so already know a fair amount about Pollan’s ideas, but I liked a couple things he said in the program:
1. The School Lunch program shouldn’t be run by the Department of Agriculture and used as a disposal site for excess food. It should be run by the Health and Human Services Department or by the Department of Education.
2. We should have a Food Policy Czar to overlook all of the aspects of food policy, from food production to food safety. It’s odd that food is now regulated by two agencies — the FDA and USDA — who have competing goals.
3. Everyone should try to plant a garden! There is something very rewarding about growing your own food. It makes you feel like you control one aspect of your health.
Photo Credit: PBS, Photo by Robin Holland