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Michael Pollan Defines His Calling in One Word

Throughout his career, Michael Pollan has been on a mission to help people truly see things they often overlook, from the food on our plates to the plants that surround us. To that end, he has spoken tirelessly about where food actually comes from, written seven books (including five best-sellers) and landed on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world. Yet even with all these accomplishments, Michael is able to define his calling in one word.

"It's writing," he says. "But within that, so much of my writing is getting people to think about things they take for granted, things that are right in front of us."

Watch as Michael explains how he doesn't travel far to find the most fascinating topics, and how both simplicity and consciousness are powerful elements of his calling. Plus, Michael describes his simple morning ritual and reveals why he sometimes prefers "natural sounds," like chickens clucking or the wind, rather than listening to music.

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