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“Phil Lempert’s Food Sense,” a one-hour special that will be showing up on public television stations around the country over the next few weeks, is exactly what you would expect from a PBS program on the subject - an in-depth, well-researched, engaging one hour explanation of where various foods come from, with an emphasis on what we must do to maintain a sustainable food supply.

Lempert clearly enjoys having the time and range to examine the subject in-depth; it is far more time than he gets, say, on the “Today Show,” where he reports regularly about food trends. And it is very smart to use a simple breakfast meal to illustrate just how complicated and even political the food chain is.

It is, indeed, a contradictory subject. About food, Lempert says, “there is nothing more basic, it is the first essential of life, our biggest industry, our most frequently indulged pleasure, and perhaps the greatest cause of disease and death.”

I will be curious about one thing - whether Lempert will get any criticism for producing a documentary focused on health and nutrition, in which the first interview subject is Marion Nestle, the outspoken Paulette Goddard Professor of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health at New York University ... and that apparently is partly underwritten by Monsanto, which gets lots of criticism for its promotion of genetically modified organisms. (But maybe that just illustrates how complex the food chain is, and how complicated the questions are that surround it. The good news is that standard operating procedure is that sponsors don’t get a say in editorial decisions...)
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