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Junior Omnivores

Thursday, November 26, 2009

What do kids need to know about food? Michael Pollan, food activist and author, explains the personal and global health implications of food choices to a younger audience in his new book,The Omnivore's Dilemma for Kids: The Secrets Behind What You Eat.

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Michael Pollan

Comments [3]

Nick Miller from Manhattan

Love Michael Pollan's work and his apprearances on your show and others. However, I am a bit vexed by his statement that he "stumbled" on the idea that plans like corn and marijuana had essentially coopted humans to spread their seeds.

I was first introduced to this idea in 1991 at The UW-Madison, inn a very popular class called "Plants and Man" - one of the core tenets of this course, still taught by professor Timothy F. H. Allen, was that plants (specifically using the examples of marijuana and corn) have "coopted" humans to their advantage. Professor Allen, to the best of my recollection, presented this as his theory, and I have not heard anyone else take credit for the idea until today.

So, I am wondering, did Mr. Pollan independently develop this idea, or did he fail to credit Tim Allen with introducing this idea?

Thanks

Nov. 26 2009 10:49 AM
R Lande from New York

Is Michael Pollen aware that well-designed studies show that changing the lunches of school children to make them more nutritious have no effect on the children's weight? These studies are well described in Gina Kolata's book "Rethinking Thin". Obesity is much more complex than generally understood.

Nov. 26 2009 10:30 AM
Nathanael

you seem to have missed the last point in the thanksgiving trifecta: gross misrepresentation of history. Without that, Thanksgiving is not a true American holiday.

Nov. 26 2009 10:29 AM

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