PBS marks December air date for Michael Pollan doc

PBS has set a December premiere for the Michael Schwarz-directed documentary In Defense of Food, hosted by Food Rules author Michael Pollan (pictured).
November 16, 2015

PBS has set a December premiere for the Michael Schwarz-directed documentary In Defense of Food.

The Kikim Media-produced film will follow Food Rules author Michael Pollan (pictured) as he traverses the globe – from Tanzania to Loma Linda, California, and Paris, France – in an attempt to rediscover the pleasures of eating healthy, unprocessed foods while dispelling the misconceptions fed to the general public by “faulty nutrition science and deceptive marketing practices.”

Through interviews with scientists, nutrition experts, physicians and food activists, the two-hour film examines how a variety of diets derived from our ancestors, including a plant-based diet, can be our healthiest option.

The documentary will also expose why reducing fat in diets has led to a surge in obesity, while providing advice on how consumers can avoid the rising concerns of chronic diseases often connected to modern diets.

Pollan previously presented the 2009 PBS doc The Botany of Desire, also directed by Schwarz alongside Edward Gray.

In Defense of Food is produced by Schwarz and Gray. Kiki Kapany serves as executive producer. The doc premieres on December 30 at 9 p.m. EST/PST on PBS.

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