Good Food Challenge 2014: "Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much." — Michael Pollan


American author, journalist, activist Michael Pollan might be familiar to you. In recent years he’s written some of the most popular books about food that aren’t cookbooks: The Omnivore's Dilemma, The Botany of Desire, In Defense of Food, and something called Food Rules: An Eater's Manual.

Here’s how some people reacted to this quote online. Join the conversation on Facebook here.

“I think that increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables would be a positive thing for your health, but to get the overall nutritional benefit you have to include meat. Living in an isolated community makes it hard to get good quality fruit and vegetables at times, as well, the selection is limited, so, I think we have to depend on meat in our diets. I think too large of portions of any food would be bad for you, as there is natural sugar in fruit.” — Carlene

“A few years ago the Union of Concerned Scientists stated that the two things people could do to have the greatest impact were to 1) drive less and 2) eat less red meat” — Jonathan

“I think the "Eat food" part is either meaningless (what else do you eat?) or over-preachy (not counting some processed stuff as being food) -- it would be better to somehow get the idea of eating a variety of foods. "Mostly plants" shouldn't be 100% white flour, for example.” — Robert

For more information: Canada's Food Guide and more resources for healthy eating

Here are some recipes for using local vegetables from the Food Security Network of NL