We have no underwriters, government grants or advertising income. Radio stations receive our programming free of charge. We have no T-shirts, coffee mugs or refrigerator magnets. We depend upon your donations, subscriptions, and program purchases to keep the lights on at AR.

Help AR spread its progressive message to larger audiences at a time when it's particularly needed! We have no underwriters, government grants or advertising income. Radio stations receive our programming free of charge. We depend solely on you, our listeners, to sustain us. You can mail us a check for any amount. Send your check to Alternative Radio, PO Box 551, Boulder, CO 80306. Or just give us a call at (800) 444-1977, Monday–Thursday 9–5pm.


In Defense of Food

Program #POLM002. Recorded in Boulder, CO on May 21, 2009.

The Time magazine cover story, The Real Cost of Cheap Food, says, "Horror stories about the food industry have long been with us ever since 1906 when Upton Sinclair's landmark novel The Jungle exposed how America produces its meat. In the century that followed, things got much better, and in some ways much worse. Big agricultural can now produce unlimited quantities of meats and grains at remarkably cheap prices. But it does so at a high cost to the environment, animals and humans. Those hidden prices are the creeping erosion of our farmland, cages for chickens so packed that the birds can't even raise their wings and the scary rise of antibiotic resistant bacteria among farm animals. Add to the price tag the acceleration of global warming. Our energy intensive food system uses 19% of U.S. fossil fuels, more than any other sector in the economy. Since Americans are heeding such warnings and working to transform the way the country eats."


Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan, professor of journalism at the University of California at Berkeley, is a contributing writer to the New York Times Magazine. He is the bestselling author of The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food.

Customer Reviews

No reviews yet Write a review

Shopping Cart

Your cart is currently empty

Related Programs

David Nibert
Animal Industrial Complex

Many have heard of the military-industrial complex, maybe even the prison-industrial complex, but the animal industrial complex? Probably not. But you should. It’s huge. Meat consumption per capita in the...  

Eric Schlosser
Fast Food Nation

Here's the short answer to why fast food is so successful: it's quick, cheap and tasty. Plus, you never have to leave your car. But like the reeking dumpster behind...  

Ronnie Cummins
Organic Food

The U.S. government claims that the food supply in this country is the safest in the world, though antibiotic-resistant bacteria in food animals and chemical residues on produce might lead...

Vandana Shiva
Seeds & Freedom

What’s in a seed? Life itself. Ten thousand years ago, Iraq, Egypt and India were the sites of the earliest sowing and harvesting of plants that had previously been gathered...  

Raj Patel
Stuffed & Starved

Stuffed and starved seems like such a paradox. There's so much food. How can there be hunger and obesity? In supposedly the world's wealthiest country, tens of millions of Americans...

Howard Lyman
The Case for Vegetarianism

In August 1997, E. coli bacteria in hamburgers resulted in the largest meat recall in U.S. history. More than 25 million pounds of beef were pulled from the market. Major...

(800) 444-1977