In Defense of Food

In Defense of Food

Sat, 09/21/2019 - 4:00pm - 6:00pm

Pictured:Michael Pollan

Credit: Courtesy of Kikim Media

Join New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan on a fascinating journey to answer the question: What should I eat to be healthy? Busting myths and misconceptions, In Defense of Food reveals how common sense and old-fashioned wisdom can help us rediscover the pleasures of eating and at the same time reduce our risks of falling victim to diet-related diseases. In Defense of Food airs Saturday, September 21 at 4 p.m. on WXXI-TV.

Pollan’s journey of discovery takes him from the plains of Tanzania, where one of the world’s last remaining tribes of hunter-gatherers still eats the way our ancestors did, to Loma Linda, California, where vegetarian Seventh Day Adventists enjoy remarkable longevity, and eventually to Paris, where the French diet, rooted in culture and tradition, proves surprisingly healthy. Along the way, he shows how a combination of faulty nutrition science and deceptive marketing practices have encouraged us to replace real food with scientifically engineered “food-like substances.” And he explains why the solution to our dietary woes is in fact remarkably simple: Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.

Featuring interviews with scientists, nutrition experts, physicians, food activists and more, and including the stories of real families, In Defense of Food is directed by Michael Schwarz. The film is produced by Schwarz and Edward Gray with a telescript by Gray. Kiki Kapany is the executive producer. The film is edited by Rhonda Collins and Gail Huddleson.