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A Conversation With Award-Winning Author Michael Pollan on Obesity Epidemic, April 24

What most people think of as food is not really food, and how we’re consuming it is not really eating. So contends acclaimed author Michael Pollan, whose advice, aimed at a society he says is getting sicker and fatter, is summed up in seven simple words:  Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

In a conversation with the Yale Law School community on Thursday, April 24, Pollan will share his fascinating ideas on the state of American eating and how it, and our health, are being affected by federal policies. The conversation, titled “Reaping What We Sow: How Federal Food and Farm Policy Underwrites the Obesity Epidemic,” will take place from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in the Yale Law School Faculty Lounge. It is free and open to the public. Advance registration is required.

Michael Pollan is the Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at UC Berkeley and director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism. He has been a contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine since 1987 and served for many years as executive editor of Harper's Magazine.

The recipient of numerous journalistic awards, Pollan is author, most recently, of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. His previous book, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by The New York Times and The Washington Post. It also won the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, and the James Beard Award for best food writing. His other books include The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World, A Place of My Own, and Second Nature.

The conversation with Michael Pollan is co-sponsored by the Yale Law School Law and Health Initiative, the Law and Media Program at Yale Law School, and CitySeed.

Please note that there is limited seating for this event, and priority will be given to Yale Law School and Yale School of Public Health students.  To reserve your spot, or for more information, please contact