Speaker Affiliations and Publications | Keynote: Michael Pollan | Other Resources: Books | Movies | Websites

Speaker Affiliations and Publications

Br. Dave Andrews, C.S.C., Senior Policy Advisor, Food and Water Watch; Advisor on food and water issues to the President of the General Assembly of the UN; former Executive Director of the National Catholic Rural Life Conference

Andrews, D. (2009). How we feed the future: Debating the future of food and agriculture policy. National Catholic Reporter, 45(9), 14.

Fedele Bauccio, Co-founder, Bon Appétit and member of the Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production

Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production. (2008). Putting meat on the table: Industrial farm animal production in America. United States: Pew Commission on Industrial Farm Animal Production.

Kevin Concannon, U.S. Agriculture Department Undersecretary for Food, Nutrition, and Consumer Services

Julia DeGraw, Local Organizer, Food and Water Watch

Scott Exo, Executive Director, Food Alliance

Deborah Kane, Vice President, Food & Farms for Ecotrust

Kendra Kimbirauskas, President, Friends of Family Farms in Oregon

Fred Kirschenmann, President, Kirschenmann Family Farms

Kirschenmann, F. L., & Falk, C. L. (2010). Cultivating an ecological conscience: Essays from a farmer philosopher. Lexington, KY: University Press of Kentucky.

Fr. Jim Lies, C.S.C., Executive Director, Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life and American Culture

Lies, J., & Bock, T. (2008). What does it take to give: Moral identity, moral reasoning and religiosity as predictors of civic engagement. In F. Oser, & W. Veugelers (Eds.), Getting involved: Global citizenship development and sources of moral values (pp. 265-277). Rotterdam: Sense Publishers.

Guest, A., Lies, J. M., Kerssen-Griep, J., & Frieberg, T. (2009). Concepts of social justice as a cultural consensus: Starting points for college students of different political persuasions. Journal of College and Character, 10(6), 1-12.

Kirk Mustain, General Manager, University of Portland’s Bon Appétit

Ken Otto, Board Chair, Fish Emergency Services

St. Philip Neri Catholic Church. (n.d.) Living the Columbia River pastoral letter. Retrieved from http://www.pdxpax.org/river/


Michael Pollan, Author


Pollan, M. (2004). Our national eating disorder. New York Times Magazine, 74.

Pollan, M. (2006). Mass natural. New York Times Magazine, 15.

Pollan, M. (2006). The vegetable-industrial complex. New York Times Magazine, 17.

Pollan, M. (2007). You are what you grow. New York Times Magazine, 15.

Pollan, M. (2008). Why bother? New York Times Magazine, 19.

Pollan, M. (2009). Rules to eat by. New York Times Magazine, 64.

Pollan, M. (2009). Big food vs. big insurance. New York Times, A43.


Pollan, M. (1991). Second nature: A gardener's education. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press.

Pollan, M. (2001). The botany of desire: A plant's eye view of the world. New York: Random House.

Pollan, M. (2006). The omnivore's dilemma: A natural history of four meals. New York: Penguin Press.

Curriculum note:
1. Chapter 1 can be used for photosynthesis; contact: Jeff Brown, Biology
2. Chapter 1 can be used to discuss the origin, domestication and use of corn; contact: David Taylor, Biology
3. The entire book can be used for 100-level courses regarding health issues and Human Biology; contact: David Taylor, Biology

Pollan, M. (2008). In defense of food: An eater's manifesto. New York: Penguin Press.

Pollan, M. (2009). Food rules: An eater's manual. New York: Penguin Books.


Moyers, B. (2009). [Interview with Michael Pollan]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZhuNAQ16J24
UC Davis Mondavi Center. (2008, May 9). Michael Pollan: The Omnivore's Dilemma [Video]. Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kFpjskn3_Pc


Susan Sokol Blosser, Co-founder, Sokol Blosser Winery

Sokol Blosser, S. (2006). At home in the vineyard: Cultivating a winery, an industry, and a life. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Lisa Weasel, Professor of Biology, Portland State University

Weasel, L. H. (2009). Food fray: Inside the controversy over genetically modified food. New York: Amacom-American Management Association.

Other Resources


Bittman, M. (2009). Food matters: A guide to conscious eating with more than 75 recipes. New York: Simon & Schuster.

Blatt, H. (2008). America's food: What you don't know about what you eat. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Blay-Palmer, A. (2008). Food fears: From industrial to sustainable food systems. Burlington, VT: Ashgate Pub.

Bloom, J. (2010). American wasteland: How America throws away nearly half of its food (and what we can do about it). Cambridge, MA: Da Capo Press.

Charles, D. (2001). Lords of the harvest: Biotech, big money, and the future of food. Cambridge, MA: Perseus Pub.

Kingsolver, B., Hopp, S. L., & Kingsolver, C. (2007). Animal, vegetable, miracle: A year of food life. New York: HarperCollins Publishers.

Kurlansky, M., & United States. Works Progress Administration. (2009). The food of a younger land: A portrait of American food--before the national highway system, before chain restaurants, and before frozen food, when the nation's food was seasonal, regional, and traditional--from the lost WPA files. New York: Riverhead Books.

Masson, J. M. (2009). The face on your plate: The truth about food. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

Poppendieck, J. (2010). Free for all: Fixing school food in America. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Roberts, P. (2008). The end of food. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company.

Schanbacher, W. D. (2010). The politics of food: The global conflict between food security and food sovereignty. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger Security International.

Schlosser, E. (2001). Fast food nation: The dark side of the all-American meal. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.

Singer, P., & Mason, J. (2006). The way we eat: Why our food choices matter. New York: Rodale.

Smith, A. F. (2006). Encyclopedia of junk food and fast food. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.

Stuart, T. (2009). Waste: Uncovering the global food scandal. New York: W.W. Norton & Co.

Weber, K. (2009). Food, Inc.: How industrial food is making us sicker, fatter and poorer -- and what you can do about it. New York: PublicAffairs.


Clean food, organic agriculture [Video]. (2005). Retrieved from http://digital.films.com

Fast food nation. [Motion Picture]. (2007). United States: 20th Century Fox.

Food, Inc.. [Motion Picture]. (2009). United States: Magnolia Home Entertainment.

King corn. [Motion Picture]. (2008). United States: Docurama Films.

The future of food: A looming crisis. [Video]. (2009). Retrieved from http://digital.films.com

The future of food: Sustainability and security. [Video]. (2009). Retrieved from http://digital.films.com

Clean food, organic agriculture. [Video]. (2005). Retrieved from http://digital.films.com


Polyface farm [Video clip]. (2009). Retrieved from http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KxTfQpv8xGA
Queen of the sun: What are the bees telling us? [Motion Picture]. (2010). United States: Collective Eye.



Local food. New York Times - Times Topics. Retrieved from http://topics.nytimes.com

Organic food. New York Times - Times Topics. Retrieved from http://topics.nytimes.com

U.S. Department of Agriculture. Economic Research Service. (2010). Food environment atlas.
Provides a spatial overview of a community’s ability to access healthy food. See what the data shows for your county or state.




This resource list was created by the Reference Librarians at the University of Portland Library. Please email library@up.edu with any feedback.

Thank You!

This resource list was generated by University of Portland Research Librarians and faculty participating in a faculty Michael Pollan reading group.  Gratitude and thanks for their coordination and insight!