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Cruising on the Ark of Taste
By pursuing the politics of pleasure, the Slow Food movement hopes to save rare species and delectables – and give the considered life a second chance.
By Michael Pollan
May/June 2003 Issue

Pandora’s Pantry
In its rush to approve genetically engineered food, the government ignored warnings from its own scientists about threats to human health and the environment. Finally, the tough questions are being asked.
By Jon R. Luoma
January/February 2000 Issue

Fish or Foul?
Coming soon to a dinner table near you: DNA filet.
By Jon R. Luoma
March/April 2001 Issue

Meet A Potato
The potato has inspired several revolutions — not all of them agricultural. So, next time you chomp on a french fry, show a little respect.
By Leah Shahum
March/April 1997 Issue

More by Michael Pollan

“Our National Eating Disorder,” The New York Times Magazine October 17, 2004

“An American Transplant,” The New York Times Magazine, May 16, 2004

“Cattle Futures?” The New York Times Magazine, January 11, 2004

“The (Agri)Cultural Contradictions Of Obesity,” The New York Times Magazine, October 12, 2003

“An Animal’s Place,” The New York Times Magazine, November 10, 2002

“Power Steer,” The New York Times Magazine, March 31, 2002

“Naturally,” The New York Times Magazine, May 13, 2001

“Produce Politics,” The New York Times Magazine, January 14, 2001

“Playing God in the Garden,” The New York Times Magazine, October 25, 1998


Fat Land : How Americans Became the Fattest People in the World, by Greg Critser

The Oxford Companion to Food, by Alan Davidson

Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, by Peter Menzel

Sweetness and Power: The Place of Sugar in Modern History,
by Sidney W. Mintz

What to Eat, by Marion Nestle

Food Politics: How the Food Industry Influences Nutrition and Health by Marion Nestle

Safe Food: Bacteria, Biotechnology, and Bioterrorism by Marion Nestle

Taking Sides: Clashing Views on Controversial Issues in Food and Nutrition, by Marion Nestle et al.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma : A Natural History of Four Meals, by Michael Pollan

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal, by Eric Schlosser

Don’t Eat This Book: Fast Food and the Supersizing of America, by Morgan Spurlock


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