Michael Pollan (b. 1955)

American journalist, environmentalist, and educator. The son of two writers, Pollan was educated at Bennington College, Oxford University, and Columbia University, where he earned his M.A. in English. Pollan’s first book, Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education (1991), sets the template for a career focused mainly on food—not only as a source of nutrition and pleasure for the individual but also as a critical factor in science, economics, politics, and culture. An outspoken critic of modern industrial agriculture, he has explored these themes in numerous articles and in books such as The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World (2001), In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2005), and The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006). Pollan is a professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. See also michaelpollan.com.