Tuesday, February 09, 2010

"Better for you than donuts"
Food Journalist, Michael Pollan, Discusses Recent Cal Poly Incident on Democracy Now!

In case you missed it yesterday on Amy Goodman's amazing show, Democracy Now!, Michael Pollan, the author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, discussed (among many other great things ["Veggie libel laws?" Who knew?]) his recent encounter with Cal Poly.

Here's an excerpt:

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MICHAEL POLLAN: At Cal Poly, California Polytechnic Institute, State University in San Luis Obispo. One of their big donors, Harris Ranch, protested that I was going to be speaking and threatened to withdraw $500,000 in funding they had given the university, if my speech wasn’t countered by a debate and that the industry be allowed to speak. Now, the industry gets plenty of opportunities to speak at this university. I mean, it’s basically an agribusiness vocational school. And so, they insisted that what had been a speech be turned into a debate, which I participated in. And, you know, it was fine, but the students wanted to hear a speech. And, you know, so I didn’t get the full meal.
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Excellent interview. Highly recommended. The guy's hilarious.

Here's the link to the full interview (read or listen):



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  • Yes, I caught parts of it; Most food in America is some kind of variation on processed corn.
    And some more on dieting
    The advice was simple –Eat a little food.

    Guess mom was right; Eat your vegetables.

    Or.. Was it more like this? 3:20 seconds in
    Childhood was such a long time ago...

    By Blogger Alon Perlman, at 7:31 PM, February 10, 2010  

  • Thanks for that link Ron!
    I've been a Pollan Junkie since his first book.
    The way Cal Poly acted was just shameful, especially considering that Harris Ranch loves to tout their beef as "Grass Fed"
    you would think that they would have run out a red carpet for him.
    Instead their knee jerk almost hit them in the chin.

    By Blogger Mike Green, at 1:49 PM, February 11, 2010  

  • That's what's so weird about Harris Beef's "beef" with Pollan: They have a "niche" product, (grass fed, premium "organic" sustainable beef) so they could support BOTH "agri business" since even Pollan admits that there's no way that will be shut down -- too many people on earth need this massive factory farming at this point -- AND "sustainable" green grass fed niche beef. Win win for them. Instead they behaved really STOOOPID. Strange. What were they thinking???

    By Blogger Churadogs, at 6:57 AM, February 15, 2010  

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