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"In Defense of Food" Book Discussion

When Feb 22, 2010
from 07:00 PM to 08:00 PM
Where Decorah Public Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 563-382-3717
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Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food” will be the topic of conversation at Decorah Public Library Monday February 22 at 7 pm. Flannery Cerbin and Rachel Wobeter, AmeriCorps volunteers working with the Northeast Iowa Food and Fitness Initiative, will facilitate the discussion. No pre-registration is required. Copies of the book are available for check-out at the library.  


Author Michael Pollan will present the Farwell Distinguished Lecture at Luther College the following day, Tues. Feb. 23, at 7 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public, with doors opening at 6 p.m. and seating done on a first-come, first-serve basis. A question and answer session with Pollan will follow his talk.


About “In Defense of Food:” “Food. There's plenty of it around, and we all love to eat it. So why should anyone need to defend it? Because most of what we're consuming today is not food, and how we're consuming it -- in the car, in front of the TV, and increasingly alone -- is not really eating. Instead of food, we're consuming "edible foodlike substances" -- no longer the products of nature but of food science. Many of them come packaged with health claims that should be our first clue they are anything but healthy. In the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we seem to become.”