Michael Pollan’s Big Idea

What critical question has Pollan asked to cause such an uproar?

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Poking a Sharp Stick at the Farm

As green-clad protesters filled the streets of New York City in protest of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech before the United Nations, a different set of Greens is planning to gather in Madison, Wisconsin this evening. They are farmers, and their grievance, they say, is that they have been misrepresented in Michael Pollan’s books. Pollan’s book on […]

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Why Read about Food?

Culture, economy, health, family, spirituality. Food touches everything, draws everything in for us to savor, and so turns us outward to the world in which we participate.

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On Manifestoes

So here are some manifestos of the present day on books, education, faith, and civic life. Though their weight for good or ill, for much or little, is as yet unknown, these are some of the words that will shepherd us into our shared future.

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The Hundred-Mile Diet Map and More

A new map of food sources within a hundred miles of Madison, Wisconsin, shows kind of connection and sharing that will allow us as human societies to learn to be conscious of and take responsibility for the earthly places in which we live and move.

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