Washington State University is drawing the wrath of the sustainable-food community after word leaked out that pressures from agribusiness had caused the school to pull Michael Pollan's best-selling book "The Omnivore's Dilemma" off the reading list for college freshmen.
The story was first reported in the Chronicle of Higher Education. University officials said the decision had been made because of budgetary concerns.
But according to a story in the Spokesman-Review, "pressure apparently was brought to bear by a member of the board of regents, Harold Cochran, who disapproved of the author’s characterization of agribusiness." Cochran, the piece reports, owns a 5,500-acre farm near Walla Walla, Wash., and is a member of the Washington Association of Wheat Growers.
While we’re on the topic, if you’ve never seen "The Future Of Food,” go get yourself a copy.