November 11, 2007

the best laid plans. . .

We made it back from a wonderful trip to Boston. It was busy and fun, but wouldn't you know it? I did not get very far in my reading of The Omnivore's Dilemma. Not for lack of interest, mind you, but for lack of time and energy. In between all the sight seeing and family visiting, there wasn't much time to read. Last night on the 6 hour flight the kids did sleep well, but I was so exhausted I slept, too!

So I am only on page 3 of the introduction. Already I'm super intrigued! Based on the way the book is written, I figure I'll split my comments into the 3 sections that the book is divided into, Industrial (corn), Pastoral (grass), and Personal (the forest). I hope more of you will read with me and we can have a discussion in the comment section for those 3 posts.

Meanwhile, the author (Michael Pollan) has written a new article about the Farm Bill in the New York Times Magazine which is worth a read. He writes, "Americans have begun to ask why the farm bill is subsidizing high-fructose corn syrup and hydrogenated oils at a time when rates of diabetes and obesity among children are soaring . . . . For the first time, the public health community has raised its voice in support of overturning farm policies that subsidize precisely the wrong kind of calories (added fat and added sugar), helping to make Twinkies cheaper than carrots and Coca-Cola competitive with water."

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