Michael Pollan is the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and, most recently, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual. (June 2010)
Where many social movements tend to splinter as time goes on, the food movement starts out splintered. Among the many threads of advocacy under that rubric we can include school lunch reform; animal rights; the campaign against genetically modified crops; organic and locally produced food; efforts to combat obesity; food safety; farm bill reform; and nutrition labeling. But there are indications that these various voices may be coming together. Viewed from a middle distance, the food movement coalesces around the recognition that today’s food and farming economy is “unsustainable”—that it can’t go on much longer without courting a breakdown.