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Best-Selling Author Michael Pollan Discusses 'Ecology of Eating' for SNC


October 9, 2003

[ Michael Pollan Photo ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- Michael Pollan, best-selling author, Knight Professor of Journalism at the University of California, and contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, will lecture as part of the Sagan National Colloquium public affairs series at Ohio Wesleyan University on Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003 at 7:30 p.m. in OWU's Gray Chapel. Pollan will address "Following the Food Chain: Explorations in the Ecology of Eating," which relates to this year's Colloquium theme on "Food: A Harvest of History, Culture, Politics, and Science."

Pollan's writing has received numerous awards, including the John Burroughs prize, the QPB New Vision Award, the 2000 Reuters-I.U.C.N. Global Award for Environmental Journalism, the James Beard Award, and the 2003 American Humane Society's Genesis Award.

The Botany of Desire: A Plant's Eye View of the World, Pollan's most recent book, received the Borders Original Voices Award for the best non-fiction work of 2001, was a New York Times best-seller, and was recognized as a best book of the year by the American Booksellers Association and Amazon. Pollan's previous books are Second Nature (1991) and A Place of My Own (1997). His works are included in many anthologies including Best American Essays and the Norton Book of Nature Writing.

The 2003 OWU Carpenter Lecturer, Pollan will explain how the industrialization of food has obscured our place in the food chain, to the point where most Americans are only dimly aware that their food represents their most profound engagement with the natural world. Over the past few years, Pollan has conducted a series of personal explorations of our food chain, such as growing a genetically modified potato, tracing an organic TV dinner from grocery freezer to farm, and following a steer from insemination to steak. In his talk, Pollan will use these stories to reveal problems in the industrial food system and offer suggestions for how they might be fixed.

The Sagan National Colloquium is in its 18th year at Ohio Wesleyan. All lectures are free and open to the public. More information is available at snc.owu.edu or 740-368-3995.