Simple life quite complicated say writers

Authors Micheal Pollan and Elizabeth Farrelly told the Sydney Writers Festival on Friday May 23rd that simplifying our diet is good for our health, the environment and for building a robust economy. The difficulty is that eating simply is actually quite complicated, because existing food distribution systems are geared against it.

Pollan said, “Eat food. Not too much. Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food; pay more, eat less; avoid so-labelled ‘health foods’; eat mostly plants, especially leaves; eat meals; don’t eat anything that won’t rot; cook; grow things and get out of the supermarket”

Michael Pollan’ most recent book is In Defence of Food: The Myth of Nutrition and the Pleasures of Eating. Elizabeth Farrelly is a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald and author of Blubberland: The dangers of happiness.

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