July 15, 2016

Michael Pollan Interviewed by WFDD

NPR station WFDD aired an interview July 14 with author Michael Pollan, who will speak Sept. 30 in Guilford’s Bryan Series.

Michael writes books and articles about the places where the human and natural worlds intersect. He is the author of the bestsellers In Defense of Food, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, The Botany of Desire, Food Rules and Cooked.

Read interview highlights or listen to the segment on WFDD’s website.

Bethany Chafin, associate producer of WFDD’s “Triad Arts” program, asked, “If cooking makes us human, defines us, how do we begin to remedy the issue of food insecurity?”

“The fact is, the culinary arts, cooking skills, are a very important ingredient in food security,” Michael said. “Because if you know how to cook, you're much less likely to go hungry, because you will know what to do with even unpromising scraps of meat, with the cheapest possible vegetables, you'll be able to make something interesting.”

The issue of food security – an area of focus for Guilford – involves other issues in addition to cooking skills, he said.

“We could have a system of agricultural support that made the playing field a little more level between the healthy calories and the unhealthy calories. But right now, that's not what we have. And that’s a tremendous contributor to food insecurity.”

A New York Times Magazine contributing writer, Michael has received numerous writing awards. He was named one of the top 10 New Thought Leaders by Newsweek, in 2009, and he was chosen for the TIME 100 in 2010.