By MATTHEW WEAVER

Capital Press

PULLMAN, Wash. -- Author Michael Pollan said Wednesday, Jan. 13, that he was offended his stance on production agriculture was seen as anti-farmer.

"What I'm trying to do is elevate the role of the farmer," he said. "They hold the key to solving the health and climate change crisis."

Pollan spoke with roughly 60 Washington State University students and faculty members during an afternoon question-and-answer session.

During the session, Pollan also addressed some of the controversies that have followed him at universities like WSU, California Polytechnic Institute at San Luis Obispo and the University of Wisconsin, sparking the concerns of farmers and other industry representatives who disagree with his criticism of production agriculture.

Pollan also addressed a general audience during an evening presentation.

The university included Pollan's book, "The Omnivore's Dilemma," as part of its campus-wide common reading program for freshmen. The book was discussed in numerous courses during the school year, said WSU Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education Mary Wack during her introduction of Pollan Wednesday evening.

Pollan spoke in a nearly full Beasley Coliseum during the free public lecture.

More on Pollan's presentation, audience reaction and the College of Agricultural, Human and Natural Resource Sciences' related panel discussion will be included in the Jan. 22 issue of the Capital Press.

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