Best article I’ve read this month: Michael Pollan, Sunday NY Times.

Via Merete Mueller
on May 23, 2008
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Michael Pollan quoting >Wendell Berry in a recent NY Times article: “Once our personal connection to what is wrong becomes clear, then we have to choose: we can go on as before, recognizing our dishonesty and living with it the best we can, or we can begin the effort to change the way we think and live.”

There’s hundreds of reasons to ignore the consequences our everyday actions have on the planet (I’m still trying to figure out what to do with the Styrofoam from the Chinese take-out I ate last night). But what’s the point of living if I have to tune out to 90% of what’s going on? According to Michael Pollan, taking responsibility for my actions will actually improve my own quality of life—make me connect with my neighbors, appreciate the community where I live, even improve the taste of my food and the beauty of my surroundings. In honor of that, I’ve decided to plant tomatoes in the patchy, dusty backyard of my apartment building.

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About Merete Mueller

Merete is a writer and filmmaker, and was once-upon-a-time the Managing Editor of elephant journal's print incarnation, from 2006-2008. Today, you can find her on Twitter @meretemueller and on her blog To The Bones. Her first documentary, "TINY: A Story About Living Small", about people who have downsized their lives into homes the size of a parking space, premiered at SXSW in March 2013.


2 Responses to “Best article I’ve read this month: Michael Pollan, Sunday NY Times.”

  1. Anna says:

    I left a styrofoam thing from the mexican takeout in your garbage- i felt bad…i guess it’s time to bring tupperwear everywhere- tupperwear is ok right? ps- what about those plastic caps on the take-away coffee? There is a new company in BC that makes plastic like stuff (picnic cups and utensils, etc) out of a cellulose polymer base… I forget their name though…I bet they will do well.

  2. Bud Wilson says:

    Hello Merete! Hard to believe I've just now stumbled upon your excellent, laser like message recommending the value of taking a stand for what is right. I wonder if you got to see Michael Pollan when he visited Boulder. Where did you go when you left the Elephant? Best Regards and thanks for your help as I was learning the system and the practice of submitting my missives!