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Jane Turnis
(719) 389-6138

Leslie Weddell
(719) 389-6038


Michael Pollan to give kick-off lecture for 2007 Food-Chained series

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Jan. 16, 2007 –Michael Pollan, author of  “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” will  discuss “The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Searching for the Perfect Meal in a Fast-Food World,” at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 8 at Colorado College’s Shove Memorial Chapel, 1010 N. Nevada Ave., located on the Colorado College campus. The event is free and open to the public.

Pollan is the first speaker in this year’s Food-Chained series, which features visiting speakers, campus-wide lectures, panel discussions, classroom visits and hands-on activities in local agricultural settings designed to stimulate conscious personal and policy level decision-making.

Over the past few years, Pollan has conducted a series of personal explorations of the food chain.  He grew a genetically modified potato, traced an organic TV dinner from grocery freezer to farm and bought and followed a steer from insemination to steak. In this talk, Pollan will use these stories to tease out conclusions about what's gone wrong with the industrial food system and its implication for our health.

Pollan also will discuss ecological definitions for all living things, based on how they fit into food chains. In the case of humans, the industrialization of food has obscured this once obvious fact, to the point where most Americans are only dimly aware that their food represents their most profound engagement with the natural world. He also will explore some of the healthy alternatives to industrial food.

In addition to “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” Pollan also is the author of “The Botany of Desire,” both New York Times best sellers. He is a professor of journalism at UC Berkeley.

Food-Chained is a student-initiated, yearlong series that explores ways in which civilizations, ecosystems and the health of the planet are inextricably bound to complex food chains. This multi-disciplinary look at issues surrounding the production and consumption of food is created and sponsored by EnAct, CC’s environmental group and oldest student organization. 

Future Food-Chained events include:

  • March 1: John Brett and Cathy Morin on food anthropology and the history of nutrition
  • March 29: Allan Savory, Founder of Holistic Management International
  • A panel of religious experts on the role of food in religion (date to be determined)
  • Jack Kloppenburg, rural sociologist (date to be determined)

For more information, directions or disability accommodation, members of the public should call (719) 389-6607.

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