managing an LCHF lifestyle in Israel
So starts the book “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” by Michael Pollan.
Then the author goes and invites us to see the supermarket from another point of view: so many choices and we have no idea what the healthier options are or what would be better to eat. He also argues that once the situation was not like that. We all knew very well ourselves what foods were good for us and what things to avoid lest we get ill. Today we need “experts” to tell us.
Following these thoughts, Michael Pollan decided to examine in depth three different “food chains”, from the root to his plate. Although he chose three chains (“the industrial”, “the pastoral”, and “the personal”), each contain more than one option and he examines them all. For example in the “pastoral” part he also look into the organic food industry (as opposed to organic “local”), compares between organic and ecological food, and asks what does “local” really mean. Does any of this matter at all in regard of our meal?
In each part, not only does he dig deep into all aspects, he also engages and openly writes all his thoughts around it. He travels, grows, hunts, and cites other people who have trudged on these issues before him. And he brings it all to us readers in an easy and captivating language. In addition, at the end of each chapter Michael Pollan creates a dinner in tradition with the investigated chain and analyzes the results.
In my opinion, the first food chain is really depressing, the second, the second part (about Joel Salatin’s “Polyface Farm”), sounds like heaven on earth, and the third is probably utopian suitable to only a few “nuts”.
So what should we eat? The author does not recommend any particular way but I think I guessed what his preferences are. I certainly know what I like the best, after reading this! Not for nothing I feel like letting nature invade my back yard and bring some chickens there.