Michael Pollan has written extensively on diet and agriculture. He always seems to be able to point out things in his work that seem like they should have been obvious from the start, but somehow were not, at least to a majority of people.
For instance, the more more processing that goes into food, the more fossil fuels/energy consumed in the process, the greater the food contributes to climate change and degradation of the environment through the production and use of fossil fuels.
It isn’t just the processing though, as he points out. It is the process behind the foods growth, harvest and/or production, packaging, and shipping/transportation. Many of these environmental costs are not reflected in the price we are paying for these foods at the supermarket. Some of this is due to government subsidies and other programs, which keep some crops like corn artificially cheap (hence the fact that…
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