I had a great talk with Tristan Baurick as he was writing “College Discourse Over Food Safety, Courtesy of Bainbridge Lawyer” – that would be me. As I said, spending a few dollars to bring Michael Pollan to the WSU campus is worth it. It puts:
“Michael Pollan’s biting critique of industrial agriculture, “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” — into the hands of every freshman entering a university known for producing the best minds in agribusiness.”
“The book has become for food what ‘Silent Spring’ was for DDT, and what ‘An Inconvenient Truth’ was for global warming,” Marler said. “It’s helping people focus their attention on what’s happening to them, and how things need to change.”
“I may not agree with all of (Pollan’s) ideas, but I think they need to be talked about,” he said.
The main thrust of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” — that large-scale food production and distribution are harming human and environmental health — fits with what Marler has learned though almost two decades of helping sick people sue corporations over tainted food.
“It’s a book perfectly suited for (WSU) to grapple with,” he said. “I can’t think of a better place to talk about this, and start dealing with these issues in a big way.”
Free speech is a good thing.