How Cooking Can Change Your Life

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The RSA May 30, 2013

This is an unedited version of the talk that Michael Pollan did at the RSA yesterday. Unfortunately, due to technical problems the very beginning of the live stream was missed but the usual edited video of our event will be available in a couple of weeks.

Renowned activist and author Michael Pollan argues that cooking is one of the simplest and most important steps people can take to improve their family’s health, build communities, fix our broken food system, and break our growing dependence on corporations.

Chaired by Tim Lang, professor of Food Policy at City University London.

Listen to the podcast of the full event including audience Q&A: http://www.thersa.org/__data/assets/f…

see

Brian Halweil: From New York to Africa, Why Food is Saving the World

Elizabeth Kucinich: The Pure Food Movement

Weaponized Food–Do We Need a Striped Eggplant? by Joseph Natoli

Foodopoly: The Battle Over the Future of Food and Farming in America from Monsanto to Wal-Mart + The Monsanto Protection Act

Jerry Mander Connects the Dots Between Corporate Media and the Food We Eat

from the archives:

Our Strange TV Food World by Joseph Natoli

Gulliver’s Travels in Food, Gardening and Cooking: Chronicle One by Joseph Natoli

Exclusive: Food, Inc. – A Review by Tricia Orr

Michael Pollan on “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual” + Food, Inc.

In Defense of Food – A Review by Guadamour

Bill Moyers Journal: Hunger in America with Michael Pollan + An American Abroad

6 thoughts on “How Cooking Can Change Your Life

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  4. This is a really interesting conversation. Thanks to Lo for posting it.

    How little we actually know about microbial life, and yes, those microbes “r” us!

    My own view is that climate and climate change are also bacterial in nature. If only we could persuade policy makers to understand the wisdom of growing well, cultivating wholesome relationships through living landscapes, instead of obsessively fighting against “evil” forces we don’t even understand.

    So, we evidently have both interior and exterior environments with their own climates and metabolic “weather.” When we think about this in real depth, it becomes utterly extraordinary, just how far we have gone down the ecocidal road of petro-chemical use and abuse.

    What is that black gunge really? Is it dead or alive? Even radiation has its positive effects as can be realized when we consider the way plants interact with geological formations, even to simple rocks in a garden. Paul Stamets says fungi feed on radiation.

    Almost all are ills are due to the phobic cavalier way we sanitize our environments and toxify everything, so that healthy biota cannot thrive and must actually struggle to even survive the human chemical onslaught. We are literally at war with ourselves and consequently killing everything else in the process.

    Little wonder that micro-organisms are “biting back.”

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