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In Defense of Food

This Is Why You're Bad at Eating

Food Politic | Posted 04.16.2014 | Food
Food Politic

Food companies are just telling us what we want to hear. How's that been working out for us?

Weekly Pulse: 911 Is a Joke (Because It's Broke)

The Media Consortium | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
The Media Consortium

By Lindsay Beyerstein, Media Consortium blogger As the Great Blizzard of 2010 blanketed New York City, most residents were blissfully unaware that th...

"Food Rules": A Completely Different Way To Fix The Health Care Crisis

Michael Pollan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Food
Michael Pollan

I set out to collect and formulate some straightforward, memorable, everyday rules for eating, a set of personal policies that would, taken together or even separately, nudge people onto a healthier and happier path.

Michael Pollan's 'Food Rules': Tips For Eating Healthily (VIDEO

abcnews.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Michael Pollan, author of the popular "Omnivore's Dilemma" and more recently "In Defense of Food," has a new handbook out, "Food Rules," which is full...

Michael Pollan Wants You to Eat Food

Jerusha Klemperer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jerusha Klemperer

Some people want to be told what to eat. Ever get asked about "the Slow Food diet?" I do. Countless times I've explained that there is no slow food diet, that it's not meant to be a dogmatic philosophy.

In Defense of Michael Pollan and a Civil, More Nuanced Food Debate

Paula Crossfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paula Crossfield

As a political observer following the shift occurring in our understanding about agriculture, I can't help but be reminded that change does not come p...

Pollan's 'Defense Of Food' Sparks Debate In Dairyland

AP | RYAN J. FOLEY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

One best-selling book advocating fresh, local foods is shaking up America's Dairyland.

Students across University of Wisconsin-Madison's campus, organic grocers, scientists, and dairy farmers large and small have jumped into the debate on how food is produced and eaten. The discussions started last month when the university began giving Michael Pollan's book, "In Defense of Food," free to all incoming freshmen and school officials urged professors to use it in class.

"I have not seen the students this excited about something in years," Irwin Goodman, a horticulture professor who is vice dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences said of the buzz on campus about Pollan's field-to-table philosophies.

The book urges readers to "eat food, not too much, mostly plants" and criticizes food companies and scientists for replacing traditional foods with unhealthier, highly processed substitutes and confusing consumers with health claims.

Pollan's work has been used on college campuses from the University of California-Berkeley, where he is a journalism professor, to Columbia University in New York City for courses ranging from science journalism to environmental politics. But the program at UW-Madison is unique because the book and related topics are being discussed everywhere from French and political science courses to an exhibit on the history of food. And Pollan is to speak at the 17,000-seat Kohl Center Thursday in the liberal college town.

Meatless Monday: Farmers Market Bounty

Ellen Kanner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ellen Kanner

For Goldman Sachs and JPMorgan Chase, the economy's dark days are over. Then there's the rest of us, for whom no bailout appears forthcoming and for ...

Michael Pollan On Colbert: I Was Busted Buying Fruity Pebbles, Colbert Is Pasty (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Michael Pollan, the author of "In Defense of Food," appeared on the "Colbert Report" last night and in between obnoxious barbs from the lovable host d...

A Food Revolution in the Making, from Victory Gardens to the White House Lawn

Michael Pollan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Pollan

If we want to make significant progress in reducing global warming we will need to wean the American food system off its heavy diet of fossil fuel and put it back on a diet of solar energy.