World Affairs Council

Michael Pollan believes that “real food”—the kind of food your great-grandmother would recognize as food—is being undermined across the globe by science on one side and the food industry on the other. As the modern Western or “American” diet has been linked to an epidemic of chronic diseases, from obesity and type 2 diabetes, what can governments and their citizens do to put the focus back on the health of the soil, plants, and animals that make up the food chain? Pollan joins the Council to explore what the industrialization of food and agriculture has meant for the world’s health and happiness, how it has shaped cultures, and looks at the growing movement to renovate the food system.

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World Affairs Council

World Affairs Council

We live in a world where addressing our most pressing issues -- from economic competitiveness to climate change, from global health to stemming the proliferation of advanced weapons -- will require unprecedented levels of cooperation and accountability.


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We live in a world where addressing our most pressing issues -- from economic competitiveness to climate change, from global health to stemming the proliferation of advanced weapons -- will require unprecedented levels of cooperation and accountability. World Affairs Council of Northern offers a forum where diverse audiences engage in dialogue that informs their actions. Policy makers, activists, philanthropists, academics, civic leaders and an attentive public join in the Council's programs to listen, learn discuss and debate -- deepening understanding and finding solutions.

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