Michael Pollan

Author, Journalist, Professor

Birthday: February 6, 1955

Birthday: February 6, 1955

Author, Journalist, Professor


63 Greatest Quotes By Michael Pollan

High-quality food is better for your health. Michael Pollan
The garden suggests there might be a place where we can meet nature halfway. Michael Pollan
We are at once the problem and the only possible solution to the problem. Michael Pollan
Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food. Michael Pollan
Tree planting is always a utopian enterprise, it seems to me, a wager on a future the planter doesn't necessarily expect to witness. Michael Pollan
At home I serve the kind of food I know the story behind. Michael Pollan
Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself. Michael Pollan
If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't. Michael Pollan
It's not food if it arrived through the window of your car. Michael Pollan
A growing and increasingly influential movement of philosophers, ethicists, law professors and activists are convinced that the great moral struggle of our time will be for the rights of animals. Michael Pollan
The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from the mere animal biology to an act of culture. Michael Pollan
Food is not just fuel. Food is about family, food is about community, food is about identity. And we nourish all those things when we eat well. Michael Pollan
Cooking (from scratch) is the single most important thing we could do as a family to improve our health and general well-being. Michael Pollan
Unlike any other form of thought, daydreaming is its own reward. Michael Pollan
For is there any practice less selfish, any labor less alienated, any time less wasted, than preparing something delicious and nourishing for people you love? Michael Pollan
Perhaps more than any other, the food industry is very sensitive to consumer demand. Michael Pollan
Spend as much time enjoying the meal as it took to prepare it. Michael Pollan
But that's the challenge -- to change the system more than it changes you. Michael Pollan
Were the walls of our meat industry to become transparent, literally or even figuratively, we would not long continue to raise, kill, and eat animals the way we do. Michael Pollan
I think perfect objectivity is an unrealistic goal; fairness, however, is not. Michael Pollan
The wonderful thing about food is you get three votes a day. Every one of them has the potential to change the world. Michael Pollan
The gardener cultivates wildness, but he does so carefully and respectfully, in full recognition of its mystery. Michael Pollan
My work has also motivated me to put a lot of time into seeking out good food and to spend more money on it. Michael Pollan
The French fry did not become America's most popular vegetable until industry took over the jobs of washing, peeling, cutting, and frying the potatoes - and cleaning up the mess. Michael Pollan
When chickens get to live like chickens, they'll taste like chickens, too. Michael Pollan
People say they don't have time to cook, yet in the last few years we have found an extra two hours a day for the internet. Michael Pollan
Without the potato, the balance of European power might never have tilted north. Michael Pollan
A growing body of research suggests that many of the health problems associated with eating beef are really problems with corn-fed beef. Michael Pollan
The short, unhappy life of a corn-fed feedlot steer represents the ultimate triumph of industrial thinking over the logic of evolution. Michael Pollan
Every major food company now has an organic division. There's more capital going into organic agriculture than ever before. Michael Pollan
I mean, we're really making a quantum change in our relationship to the plant world with genetic modification. Michael Pollan
Dreams of innocence are just that; they usually depend on a denial of reality that can be its own form of hubris. Michael Pollan
It has become much harder, in the past century, to tell where the garden leaves off and pure nature begins. Michael Pollan
Rule No.37 The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead. Michael Pollan
The correlation between poverty and obesity can be traced to agricultural policies and subsidies. Michael Pollan
[Government] regulation is an imperfect substitute for the accountability, and trust, built into a market in which food producers meet the gaze of eaters and vice versa. Michael Pollan
This, for many people, is what's most offensive about hunting—to some, disgusting: that it encourages, or allows, us not only to kill but to take a certain pleasure in killing. Michael Pollan
Eat slowly, with other people whenever possible, and always with pleasure. Michael Pollan
People forget that eating represents their most profound engagement with the natural world. Through agriculture is how we change the world, more than anything else we do. Michael Pollan
I made the unexpected but happy discovery that the answer to several of the questions that most occupied me was in fact one and the same: Cook. Michael Pollan
Rule No. 12: shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle. Michael Pollan
Nutrition science is where surgery was in about 1650, you know, really interesting and promising, but would you want to have them operate on you yet? I don't think so. Michael Pollan
Even if you don't think you can cook well, you can cook better than the food industry. Michael Pollan
America ships tons of sugar cookies to Denmark and Denmark ships tons of sugar cookies to America. Wouldn't it be more efficient just to swap recipes? Michael Pollan
Reversing the historical trajectory of human eating, for this meal the forest would be feeding us again. Michael Pollan
Farms produce a lot more than food; they also produce a kind of landscape and a kind of community. Michael Pollan
A lot of what you see in the supermarket I would argue is not really food. It's what I call edible, food-like substances. Michael Pollan
Basically, farm chemicals are labor-saving devices, and farmers who don't use them - weed killers especially - have to work harder or hire more help. Michael Pollan
In 2008, a year of supposed 'food crisis', we grew enough food to feed 11 billion people. Most of it was not eaten by humans as food, however. Michael Pollan
Planted, a single corn seed yielded more than 150 fat kernels, often as many as 300, while the return on a seed of wheat was something less than 50:1. Michael Pollan