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The Food Gods Speak: Michael Pollan and Eric Schlosser Dish About Walmart, National Security, and Chicken Nuggets

When Pollan last ate a chicken nugget, whether Schlosser thinks that Walmart's new healthy food initiatives are for real, and what you and I can do.

Last week, food movement legends Michael Pollan (The Omnivore's Dilemma, In Defense of Food) and Eric Schlosser (Fast Food Nation) sat down together with Evan Kleiman, host of KCRW's Good Food, for a fascinating conversation that covered all of the major food stories of the past few months. For those of you who couldn't make it in person, but want to know when Pollan last ate a chicken nugget, whether Schlosser thinks that Walmart's new healthy food initiatives are for real, and what they think are the most important things you and I can do to make a difference right now, here's my recap of the highlights.

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Watch: The Oprah Show Films Inside A Slaughterhouse

In this intense video clip, the reporter Lisa Ling follows cattle from the feedlot all the way through the Cargill slaughterhouse.

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The other day, my friend Jerri Chou from All Day Buffet asked an interesting question via Twitter: “I don't know why I don't know this, but who's totally reinventing the food industry?”

It’s an intriguing question, the answer to which entirely depends on what you mean by “reinvented.” The easiest way to address the issue is nutritionally. If you’re reading this, you likely own at least one Michael Pollan book. You know who Dan Barber is. You probably saw Super Size Me or Food Inc, and you've hopefully read Fast Food Nation. Heck, you might have considered starting a rooftop garden or a farm like Jerri did. All this is to say, many people are now clearly taking an interest in where their food comes from. Ten years ago, I didn’t know a single vegan. Now, I can’t leave the apartment without tripping over a gluten-free locavore.

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