Angie asked Michael Pollan:
Would you eat meat and diary given all the negativity and backlash? What' your opinion on this?
Michael Pollan I eat meat and dairy, but very selectively and as a result not that often. In my reporting I've seen scores of beautiful, sustainable farms that raise animals in the right way-- right for their welfare and happiness, and right for the environment, which turns out to be right for our health. These farms incorporate animals into a system with plants, so that the plants feed the animals and the animals feed the plants-- and us. It's hard to envision a deeply sustainable agriculture without animals to recycle nutrients and produce food from lands not good enough for crops (like many of the world's grasslands). So I think there is a place for animal foods in our diet, and I want to support the farmers doing it well. My motto "pay more, eat less" applies well to animal foods.
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Edan asked Michael Pollan:
I love your work--both the writing you've done about food and the food industry, and your earlier work that covers an array of topics--The Botany of Desire, for instance, is so fun. I wonder if you're sticking to food as a topic for good, or if you have plans to write on a different subject. If it's food all the way, that's great. If there are new topics obsessing you lately, can you reveal what they are?
Mandy asked Michael Pollan:
I am one of those vegetarians who started cooking meat after reading that grass-fed beef and pastured raise chickens exist. These animals have a better life than those in factory farms but I have a hard time finding facts about slaughterhouses. Do these guys have a better time at the slaughterhouse than their counterparts?
Ken-ichi asked Michael Pollan: