Farm Critic to Speak at Agriculture School

MADISON, Wis., Sept. 19 (UPI) — Michael Pollan, a critic of big agriculture, was invited to speak in farm friendly Wisconsin to promote a diversity of opinion, a top college official said.

“I saw this an opportunity to solicit conflicting points of view on a very important topic,” said Carolyn Martin, chancellor of the University of Wisconsin in Madison, home to one of the nation’s largest agricultural schools.

Martin’s invitation has angered farm groups, especially cattle, pork and dairy producers, the Wisconsin State Journal reported Saturday.

Pollan, whose motto is “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” is to speak Sept. 24 on campus and engage Sept. 25 in a panel discussion on mainstream agriculture, factory farming and the meat-heavy diet of U.S. residents, the Journal reported.

Pollan’s “In Defense of Food” and “The Omnivore’s Dilemma” have been on best-selling lists nationwide.

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