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"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” With that seven-word maxim, journalist Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) distills a career’s worth of reporting into a prescription for reversing the damage being done to people’s health by today’s industrially driven Western diet. In Defense of Food debunks the daily media barrage of conflicting claims about nutrition. Traveling the globe and the supermarket aisles to illustrate the principles of his bestselling “eater’s manifesto,” Pollan offers a clear answer to one of the most confounding and urgent questions of our time: What should I eat to be healthy?
Filmmaker Q & A
What inspired the story?
Our purpose in making “In Defense of Food” was to provide viewers with clear answers to a question that for many people is mired in confusion: “What should I eat to be healthy?” Based on the best-selling book “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto” by journalist Michael Pollan, the program debunks the daily media barrage of conflicting claims about nutrition. And it distills his many years of reporting into a prescription for reversing the damage being done to people’s health by today’s industrially driven Western diet.
Describe some of the challenges faced while making this film?
Our main challenge was adapting the material in Pollan’s book to work in an entirely different medium. We attempted to stay true to the book while also creating an engaging and informative film that television viewers would enjoy. So we introduced some new characters, wove in more personal stories, and explored some of the scientific advances made since the book’s 2008 publication, especially the study of gut bacteria and its relation to your health.
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