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“just eat food”

imagesThis was part of a speech by Joan Gussow. She grows her own food on a small parcel of land near the Hudson River. Gussow refuses to dignify most of the products for sale in the supermarket with the title – food. Taking food’s place on the shelves has been an unending stream of foodlike substitutes, 17,000 new ones every year.

Here are some great tips from Michael Pollan’s “In Defense of Food”:

  • Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
  • Avoid food products containing ingredients that are: a) unfamiliar, b) unpronounceable, c) more than five in number, d) include high-fructose corn syrup.
  • Avoid food products that make health claims. Bogus health claims and food science have made supermarkets particularly treacherous places to shop for real food.
  • Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle.
  • Get out of the supermarket whenever possible. Hit up your local farmers market.
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