Pollan is asking his readers to send him the food rules that they try to live by?
You know, things like:
- Eat your colors, or
- the Japanese philosophy of “hara hachi bu” (“eat until you are four-fifths full”), or
- Germany’s gustatory advice to “tie off the sack before it’s full”, or
- the more modern belief that “It’s not food if it comes to you through the window of a car”, or
- “If a bug won’t eat it, why would you?”
Pollan believes that, “in recent years, we’ve deferred to the voices of science and industry when it comes to eating, yet often their advice has served us poorly, or has merely confirmed the wisdom of our grandmother after the fact”.
And that’s why he wants to create a “compendium of such rules, across cultures and also time”.
To add your food rule to his list, go to his article in the Times and leave a comment.
Note: I am not sure what Pollan’s plan is for this list of food rules (new book perhaps), but this is a perfect example of how the wisdom of the crowd can be harnessed and put to good use.
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