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Why You Should Be Excited About Michael Pollan's New Documentary

The book that told us to "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants" will get the film treatment.

Michael Pollan, the journalist who ignites national conversations about food, and the sage behind "Food, Inc." and "The Omnivore's Dilemma," has a new documentary based on the science behind his 2008 bestseller, "In Defense of Food."

But rather than looking at where our food comes from -- he's already covered that -- Pollan explores what is perhaps a more important question:

"What I kept hearing from readers was ... What should I eat?" Pollan explains in the trailer for the 2-hour film adaptation of the book that introduced the now-often used adage, "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."

The film follows science from Tanzania to the Bronx to find out how we're compelled to eat the things we eat -- things that aren't food, but "edible foodlike substances," made by manufacturers and agribusiness industry. It goes on to explain why that's such a threat to our health and lives.

"In Defense of Food" will air on PBS and premier at the Mill Valley Film Festival in October.

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