Michael Pollan’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, was pulled from Washington State University’s Freshman reading list a day or two ago due to pressure from agribusiness. Once again showing that transparency is the best policy, and that bullying is not, a day later it looks like the book has been reinstated due to the outcry by the general public and alumni.
Here’s an email below from the Food Democracy now listserve:
From: “Food Democracy Now!” <Food_Democracy_Now@mail.vresp.com>
Date: May 27, 2009 9:19:43 PM EDT (CA)
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
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!”
While we appreciate that sentiment, we’d also like to give credit
where credit is due.
We understand that food safety lawyer Bill Marler, a WSU alum and
former Regents of the university, had a conversation with President
Elson Floyd about the reading program this afternoon and offered to
pay for Michael Pollan’s trip as well as pay for the full cost to
cover the Common Reading Program.
Food Democracy Now! wants to thank Mr. Marler for his extremely
generous support on this issue and also everyone who responded to this
alert. Three cheers for Pollan, Marler and WSU!
This is a testament to what we can accomplish when we all work
Thanks so much for your continued support.
Food Democracy Now!