Thought for Food by Phillip E. Johnson

Thought for Food

One evening in late November, my wife and I were browsing through the fare on the San Francisco public television station when we found ourselves at the beginning of an episode of Bill Moyers’ Journal. We do not ordinarily watch Moyers, but we were pleased to see that Moyers’s guest that evening was Berkeley journalism professor Michael Pollan, whose article on food policy, whimsically titled “Farmer in Chief,” we had admired when we read it online in the October 9 issue of the New York Times Sunday Magazine.

The article was in the form of an open letter to the winner of the then-upcoming presidential election. Pollan’s starting point was that, although agriculture had not been a subject o . . .