Lisa Barrangou
Lisa Barrangou asked Michael Pollan:

Your message that poor people who cook with real foods eat healthier diets than rich people who don’t may encourage rich people to reconsider their food behaviors, but how do we encourage more poor people to do so, since their demographic generally seems to not believe eating well is a realistic option?

Michael Pollan It's dangerous to generalize about "poor people," but its important to understand that there are several possible impediments to cooking, depending on the person or family. One is time-- the poor often work more than one job and have longer commute times. But it's important to keep in mind that cooking is an economical way to feed a family-- cheaper than fast food-- and that there are strategies to make cooking efficient, such as making large batches of food and freezing it, or taking turns cooking, either in the family or among friends and neighbors-- each takes a day and cooks enough for three family, for eg. Some people, rich or poor, lack the skills to navigate the time challenges-- which is why we need to bring back an updated version of Home Ec, for everybody.
Michael Pollan

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