On the PBS show Bill Moyers Journal last night, Michael Pollan was asked how regular people can fight the impact of agribusiness and eat better food, and here’s my favorite part of his answer:
POLLAN: Make yourself a real producer. Put in a garden. I mean, that is not a trivial thing. You know, it sounds kind of sweet and old lady-like. But gardens are very powerful things.
MOYERS: How so? What do you mean? Powerful things.
POLLAN: Not only will you discover that a very small plot of land, my garden now is only 10 foot by 20 foot, produces so much produce, I need to give it away. I have to spend time figuring out how to get rid of it. So you will actually get some of the healthiest, freshest food you can possibly get. It is the shortest food chain of all. But it teaches certain habits of mind that I think are really, really important.
Btw, Pollan was interviewed for the whole hour, and here’s the transcript.