I’m sitting now watching a screening of Fresh. Michael Pollan has come on screen with some of the same points I’ve already responded to. To name a few:
- He says that monocultures are bad without mentioning the corn, soy, and oats that feed the chickens and pig on Polyface Farm, his model of polyculture (featured prominently in the film).
- He repeats the myth that E. coli O157:H7 is a feedlot disease.
- He correctly points out that feedlots have created waste removal and fertility problems, but then goes on to say that animals make nutrients for plants. As I have mentioned, the nutrients in animal manure come from their feed.
Incidentally, I’m working on a post related to Michael Pollan’s piece in Sunday’s New York Times. I hope to have that up in the next few days.