Michael Pollan’s Classic ’Food Rules’ Animation

Food Rules Michael Pollan

It started with a simple idea: when it comes to food, we would do well to model our diets after our grandparents, which is to say, we should eat less meat (most of our grandparents couldn’t afford to eat meat in the quantities most Americans do now) and far less processed food.

From this basic premise sprouted Michael Pollan’s Food Rules, a slim handbook of food knowledge that brilliantly illustrates how different cultures with a broad range of traditions all share the same lasting food wisdom, and answers the common question, “What should I eat?”

In the continued spirit of accessibility and engagement, Marija Jacimovic and Benoit Detalle have created a beautiful animation based upon Pollan’s speech at the RSA in 2010, where he introduced his book.

In the two-minute snippet, Pollan discusses the massive quantities of food our country produces, too much of which goes towards feeding livestock for meat production or biofuels for transportation. He delves into the system’s reliance on fossil fuels and how, if we are to feed the world’s growing population, we will have to learn to produce food without them.


Check out Michael Pollan’s thinking on food in other YouTube videos.


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