The point, of course, is not to order everything we eat from half a world away. Nor is it to reflexively discount Michael Pollan as an organic sprout-addled crank. But eating, cooking, and buying food are far too complicated–and customizable–activities to bend to the will of anyone’s list of rules.
Even Pollan gives himself a loophole in his final Rule No. 64, “Break the Rules Once in a While.” After reading the previous 63 rules, you can bet most Americans will take number 64 especially to heart and to stomach.
Rick Berman is executive director of the Center for Consumer Freedom, a nonprofit coalition supported by restaurants, food companies and consumers to promote personal responsibility and protect consumer choices.