Brain Food

Check out these links, articles, and videos for some interesting takes on food issues and biking:

Overviews of our food system and its challenges:

The Food Movement, Rising by Michael Pollan
A composite book review by Michael Pollan that pieces together the works of five authors who address different aspects of the food movement. Pollan situates each main point in an overview of our food system, providing a history lesson in how it developed and a look into the growing resistance to the industrialization and commercialization of food.

A Five Week Crash Course in Sustainable Food by David Orr
Orr recommends a mix of videos and books for those interested in educating themselves about the many issues and perspectives that are part of the discourse surrounding sustainable foods.

Ted Talk: Mark Bittman on what’s wrong with what we eat

Issues of and strategies for food security:

Food Security- The Challenge of Feeding 9 Billion People by Charles Godfray, et al.
Are GMO’s and global trade part of a comprehensive plan for worldwide food security? The authors of this paper, recently published in Science, make a compelling case for the importance of technology and trade networks that many condemn in dealing with the “perfect storm” of challenges posed to our food system.

Ted Talk: Cary Fowler: One seed at a time, protecting the future of food

Cultural value of food:

Ted Talk: Carolyn Steel: How food shapes our cities

Raising Food Awareness:

Ted Talk: Jamie Oliver: Teach every child about food

How and What We Eat:

The Industrial Eater: An Exploration into the Underlying Values Motivating American Fast Food Consumption by Jordan Templeton
Full of research into the ubiquity and rise of fast food in America, Jordan Templeton’s honors thesis (for graduation with a business degree from Ohio University) studies the underlying values for fast food consumption and states that any alternative must fulfill these same values if it’s to be a viable competitor in our culture.

A Little Humor Goes a Long Way:

Grist’s 12 Gross Foods Slideshow


  1. We’re getting excited about your trip thru Minnesota, but I don’t see Jazz n Java, Willmar on your schedule. Has that changed?

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