February 27, 2008

Pollan on food

Michael Pollan, mentioned in previous posts on corn & biotech, a UC Berkeley webcast, and sustainability, has a new book -- In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. This book was summarized last month in his New York Times Magazine article Unhappy Meals. One way to keep up with books is to listen to book tour podcasts; searching for podcast and the author's name gives you a decent number of audio choices. Pollan recently spoke on these 3 shows which provide audio dowmloads: Democracy Now, KQED Forum, and KALW Your Call.

Also recently available is Pollan's presentation at last year's TED conference, part of the green theme. Here Pollan returns to his thesis from The Botany of Desire and asks us to see things from a plant's-eye view -- to consider the possibility that nature isn't opposed to culture and that biochemistry rivals intellect as a survival tool.

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