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Michael Pollan

professor, science and environmental journalism, UC Berkeley

Michael Pollan is the author of *In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto*, winner of the James Beard Award, and *The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals* (2006), which was named one of the ten best books of the year by both *The New York Times* and *The Washington Post*. It also won the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the James Beard Award for best food writing, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Pollan is also the author of *The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World* (2001); *A Place of My Own* (1997); and *Second Nature* (1991). In 2009 Pollan appeared in the documentary *Food, Inc.* and the PBS documentary *The Botany of Desire*. A contributing writer to the *New York Times Magazine*, Pollan is the recipient of numerous journalistic awards, including the James Beard Award for best magazine series in 2003 and the Reuters-I.U.C.N. 2000 Global Award for Environmental Journalism. Pollan served for many years as executive editor of *Harper’s Magazine* and is now the Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at UC Berkeley.