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Michael Pollan

Eco Etiquette: How Can I Avoid Genetically Modified Foods?

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

I'm on a kick to boycott all GMOs [genetically modified organisms] because I don't want to support environmentally toxic agricultural policies. But ho...

Egg McMuffin Topples Whole Foods Boycott

Anne Z. Boxer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Anne Z. Boxer

I am boycotting Whole Foods to remind myself that we each need to make sacrifices to remember what is important. But who knew that an English muffin would require me to temporarily end my boycott?

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.

From Fast Food Nation to Pro Food Ventures

Rob Smart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Rob Smart

Early pioneers of the sustainable food movement, with dirt on their hands, lessons learned and progress made, have played a critical role in blazing trails for new ventures.

Pollan says health-care reform will fail unless we change the way we eat

Grist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

First in The New York Times last week and then on NPR this weekend, Michael Pollan made that point that if we want to fix our health-care system, we h...

What the President Didn't Say: Your Job Is Not to Get Sick

Jesse Kornbluth | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jesse Kornbluth

Obama's health care speech was just the opening salvo in a much larger change in the way we live. What the president didn't say: The American health care/medical industry is currently based on a sickness model.

The Nation's Special Issue "Food for All"

Ben Wyskida | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ben Wyskida

There is a much broader movement out there towards food democracy: the effort to ensure healthy food for everyone.

Whole Foods and Michael Pollan: Wrong to the Core

Barth Anderson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Barth Anderson

Because he's a professor, not a grocer, Michael Pollan can be forgiven for not understanding that the boycott is actually a "core" shopper revolt.

Why Society Works Better When We're Afraid and Fat

Christina Pirello | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christina Pirello

We need to consider what has happened to the quality of our lives since we gave away control of our bodies; we must learn to use pharmaceuticals more appropriately and not medicate ourselves into oblivion.

Ruth Reichl on a White House Garden for a Nation of Foodies

Louise McCready Hart | Posted 05.25.2011 | Style
Louise McCready Hart

"I think the thing that you can count on -- this is the silver lining in this recession that we seem to be going in to -- is that I think people are going to start eating more vegetables"

Why Does McWilliams Lambast Locavores When His Real Beef Is With Meat Eaters?

Kerry Trueman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Kerry Trueman

Sandwiched between the caricatures of loco locavores and McWilliams' hey-ho-GMO cheerleading, lies the meat of the matter; we can't go on eating animals like this.

I Was a Victim of the Peanut Butter Recall

Scott Dodd | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Scott Dodd

I can't say that I was in the dark when I bought my honey-roasted peanut butter last week, but like so many people, I had the impression that someone was looking out for me.

Is It True That People Don't Cook Anymore?

Maria Rodale | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Maria Rodale

I studied food and went to local markets wherever I traveled. I learned all on my own that simply prepared, fresh, local, and organic foods taste best.

Why It's So Hard Not To Be Fat

Christina Pirello | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Christina Pirello

Fat, sugar and salt; the triple threat to our waistlines... and health. Mere decades ago, the food industry made a conscious choice to seduce the Amer...

Michael Pollan, Julie & Julia, Top Chef -- and Your Health

Waylon Lewis | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Waylon Lewis

I do like to eat, but (as an uncivilized bachelor) I don't know how to cook or much care about cooking. That is, until Michael Pollan, told about the key to saving the food situation.

Organics No Better Than Chemical/GMO/Sewage Sludge-Soaked "Food"?

Waylon Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Waylon Lewis

Studies like the FSA report need to look beyond the dinner plate and recognize that organic farming's avoidance of chemicals offers health benefits beyond nutrition.

Small Good News: Cooking Up An Answer To Corporate Cuisine

Karen Stabiner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Karen Stabiner

The ability to cook gives me options that non-cooks don't have, and what is autonomy about, if not having options?

Michael Pollan On "Julie/Julia," The Kitchen Stadium, And Cooking For Yourself

nytimes.com | MICHAEL POLLAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

But here's what I don't get: How is it that we are so eager to watch other people browning beef cubes on screen but so much less eager to brown them o...

ReThink Review: Food, Inc. -- Food as Political Unified Theory

Jonathan Kim | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Jonathan Kim

I'm sure most Americans have no idea how truly screwed up our food system is, and when they find out, they'll start looking for alternatives.

WATCH: Michael Pollan Sees Healthcare Reform Leading to Food System Changes

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Blaise Zerega

2009-07-24-playpollan.jpgMichael Pollan wades into the issue of health care reform by looking, not surprisingly, at food.

Are IKEA, Outlet Malls, Wal-Mart, and Whole Foods Really Bargains?

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Anis Shivani

American consumers are being taken for a ride.

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 ...

Vote With Your Fork!

Linda Buzzell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Linda Buzzell

Every purchase of genuinely organic, local and/or sustainably grown food is a contribution to a grower who's doing the right thing

Carbon Capture a Pipe Dream

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Blaise Zerega

There's much to love about carbon capture, in theory. But carbon capture continues our dependence on coal-fired power plants, and does little to change the status quo.