Director Ramin Bahrani’s latest film “At Any Price” tells the story of a man who runs a farming empire and sells genetically modified seeds. We talked recently with Bahrani about the pressures of farming in the current Monsanto-dominated environment and how the country has changed since Alexis de Tocqueville wrote “Democracy in America.”
Author Michael Pollan tells Truthdig: “[Whole Foods is] very cleverly designed, but ... it’s based on illusions…. If you go to the farm depicted on those labels, you find that in fact things look a little bit different.”
The country’s leading author on the natural world discusses his new book, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” which details the truth behind “free range” chicken; the “illusions” of Whole Foods stores; and the reason why the cheapest calories are the least healthy.