Pollan's Take on Health Care & the Food Industry"/>
Micheal Pollan's last piece in The New York Times was unfocused and cringe-inducing (think elitism, feminist scapegoating), but his op-ed this week is definitely worth a read. Pollan argues that the current, seemingly exhaustive health care debate is incomplete without a serious look at the prevalence of chronic diseases (obesity, diabetes) in America, and the factors that cause them. He's talking specifically about the American diet of fast food, and he's right: "Our success in bringing health care costs under control ultimately depends on whether Washington can summon the political will to take on and reform a second, even more powerful industry: the food industry."
Reforming the food industry is even more politically challenging than trying to overhaul the health care system, says Pollan. Our current farm policies and corn subsidies only serve to maintain a thriving food system of cheap, unhealthy food. "One of the leading products of the American food industry," writes Pollan, "has become patients for the American health care industry."
Read the whole thing here.