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The End of Food

The End of Food

Lisa Eirene

About Lisa Eirene Lisa lost 110 pounds through calorie counting and exercise. She swims, bikes, runs, hikes and is enjoying life in Portland, Oregon. Her weight loss story has been featured in First Magazine, Yahoo Health, Woman's Day and

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  1. Deb

    I added this one to my wishlist. Right now I need to read the stack of books on my nightstand, but I’ll definitely be picking this one up!

    90% of the produce we eat comes from local farms and its all organic. Occasionally I buy sausage or bacon from them as well, but the meat is pricey as its also organic. It actually does taste better then the stuff we generally buy though! And there’s no wondering if its “real” food or not either.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I’d love to hear your take on it when you read the book.

      I try to get farmer’s markets produce for most of the year. Winter time is harder here in Portland because most of the farmer’s markets shut down. When we get meat, we try to get it at Trader Joe’s.

      1. Deb

        Definitely! It might be a while, but I’ll let you know. 🙂

  2. jen b

    I have been reading a lot of nutrition books lately–Food Rules by Michael Pollan, Deep Nutrition by Cate Shanahan, Death by Supermarket by Nancy Deville….all of these books have the same thing in common! Eat food that is recognizable as food. I’m trying & will continue to try, but it constantly amazes me that it’s actually difficult to do in our culture right now! We have ‘science fiction’ food being forced onto us at every turn–gas stations, commercials, grocery stores. It sickens me that our country continues to become unhealthier every day and yet we are being pushed towards the very processed foods that are making us unhealthy. I wish the FDA was not ‘in bed’ with all of the manufacturers/processors of these fake foods and we could get back to all of us eating natural, whole foods.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I haven’t read all of those books you named, I will add them to my list. They sound intriguing. The topic interests me and it also scares me, but knowledge is power right? I like your phrase “eat food that is recognizable as food.” That’s a good motto!

  3. Maat

    I really enjoyed your blog post. Science and food is a huge part of my life. As a biotechnology student, I will soon be creating some of those GMOs that people hate so much. I have had many wrestlings with myself about this and have come to the conclusion that GMOs are a future for us but thorough testing is imperative.

    I additionally am an animal lover. I have 2 cats and volunteer weekly at a shelter. I read all the Michael Pollan books and I think the conclusion that he comes to is one I can live with as well. Eating meat does not have to be a bad thing. But if we choose to do so, we have an obligation to the animals we eat that they have as good a life as we can give them and that they die in a humane way. The worst offenders for animal treatment are egg-laying chickens and pork. If you have to eat those I would spring for farmer’s market products which are generally small farms using humane methods. We buy the $4 eggs from the store that are organic and cage-free. While those two words have many interpretations, I believe that it is better than the alternative.

    This book sounds interesting and right up my alley. I’ll have to check it out!

    1. Lisa Eirene

      I would love to hear more about your job as biotech person doing the GMO’s. To be honest, I just don’t know enough about the topic. The End of Food was the first real introduction I had to it.

      Eating meat is definitely not a bad thing–I was a vegetarian for over a decade–but knowing that the meat isn’t mysterious slime or from disreputable companies is important.

      Thanks for the tips on the chickens and pork. I didn’t know that.

  4. Lori

    This sounds like an interesting book. I try to make a connection with most of my food, particularly meat. I try to think about where the meat came from and how it was treated. I think eating meat is okay, as long as the animal was treated well while it was alive and respectfully. That is why I also try very hard not to waste any meat at all and never throw any out. I also try really hard not to eat ‘corporate’ meat. Some places like Chipotle are trying to make a difference and I will support them, but I rarely eat land meat in a chain restaurant. I will eat seafood, though.

    There are just some problems inherent in trying to eat ethically like cost and availability.

    1. Lisa Eirene

      How do you do the research on how the meat was processed and how the animals were treated?

      That’s cool about Chipotle–I did not know that.

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