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“It’s all about seven words—eat food; not too much; mostly plants—and this accessible film makes that simple message resonate even more.” San Francisco Chronicle

"Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” With that seven-word maxim, journalist Michael Pollan (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) distills a career’s worth of reporting into a prescription for reversing the damage being done to people’s health by today’s industrially driven Western diet. In Defense of Food debunks the daily media barrage of conflicting claims about nutrition. Traveling the globe and the supermarket aisles to illustrate the principles of his bestselling “eater’s manifesto,” Pollan offers a clear answer to one of the most confounding and urgent questions of our time: What should I eat to be healthy?

Join Michael Pollan for the New York premiere of In Defense of Food. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion with Pollan, director Michael Schwarz, writer Ed Gray, and celebrated food and health advocate and NYU Steinhardt professor Marion Nestle. Krishnendu Ray, chair of the Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at NYU Steinhardt, will moderate the discussion. 

“It’s a really informative journey through the history of our current commercial food system, exploring the reasons many situations as they currently stand came into being in the first place. Evolutionarily, one can see how the system developed, but also how it grew out of control.” KQED

In Defense of Food won the Grand Prize at the International Life Sciences Film Festival in Prague and was named an official selection at the Sedona International Film Festival, Austin Film Festival and Mill Valley Film Festival. The documentary will air nationwide on PBS on Wednesday, December 30 at 9 PM.

In Defense of Food is a production of Kikim Media. Major funding for In Defense of Food was provided by the National Science Foundation and PBS. In Defense of Food is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation (grant no. 1224172). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the film are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.