Where Local and Global Appetites Collide

Speak out: In defense of Omnivore’s Dilemma

Washington State University (WSU) pulled Michael Pollan’s book, Omnivore’s Dilema, off the required reading list, after 4,000 copies were purchased.

Why?

Pressure from big agri-business which by the way helps fund the WSU School of Agriculture and guides them with research projects.  

Read the article in its entirety.

Food Democracy Now

Then voice your opinion:

Write or call WSU President Elson Floyd today at:
Washington State University
Office of the President – President Elson Floyd
509-335-6666

Sample phone script:
Please tell WSU President Floyd:

I’m calling today to ask that President Floyd stand firm on academic freedom and include The Omnivore’s Dilemma in the university’s Common Reading Program.

It’s important that students at land grant universities be exposed to all ideas, especially those that challenge the orthodoxies of our times. Academic freedom at universities and freedom of speech are the foundation of a democracy and I believe that The Omnivore’s Dilemma is a crucial part of the ongoing debate in society about how food is produced in America and its impact on our nation’s citizens.

Interactions with WSU staff, whether written or spoken, should be polite and respectful.

Email: PresidentsOffice@wsu.edu

  1. Here’s an update from Food Democracy Now!

    Congratulations & Thank You!
    We just got off the phone with the Washington State University’s President’s office and congratulated them on the decision to reinstate Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, as part of their Common Reading Program.

    Within hours of sending out our alert, we received the good news from a supporter named Lynn:

    “The power of numbers! By the time I called, 3:21 Pacific, the president’s office told me that they’ve gotten so many calls about this and, thanks to a generous donation by an alumni, the program and the book has been reinstated. Food Democracy Now! rocks!”

    Power to the people!

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