"The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals" is the Common Reading selection at WSU Pullman for 2009-10.
Pollan will lecture on the "Sun Food Agenda." About 10 questions will be taken as part of the presentation. Submit questions in advance to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In "The Omnivore's Dilemma," Pollan follows each of the food chains that sustain us - industrial food, organic or alternative food, and food we forage ourselves - from the source to a final meal, and in the process develops a definitive account of the American way of eating.
The sun food agenda has to do with Pollan's advocacy of weaning the food industry from fossil-fuel-based support (fertilizers, pesticides, gasoline/diesel vehicles) and returning to a (technologically enhanced) reliance on the sun's energy.
WSU decision brings heightened attention to Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma
In a revealing irony, from which cowardly university officials everywhere may have something to learn, the decision by Washington State University (WSU) officials to cancel Michael Pollan's Omnivore's Dilemma as the common reading assignment for freshman orientation next year is raising the book to new heights of notoriety and importance in that university community.
That said, WSU Regents include politically powerful farmers and ranchers such as former Regent Peter Goldmark who ran for U.S. Congress in 2006 and is currently Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands. With extreme budget pressures, I understand how this could happen, but I don't like it.I imagine this foolishness will triple the number of incoming students at WSU who read the book.In any case, it was never going to be possible to suppress engagement of these issues at Washington State.
[O]ver the course of the last century, the U.S. has witnessed a dramatic shift away from traditional diets and toward a diet comprised primarily of processed brand-name foods with deleterious long-term health effects. This, in turn, has generated increasingly urgent calls for policy interventions aimed at improving the quality of the American diet. In this paper, we ask whether the current state of affairs represents a market failure, and—if so—what might be done about it.