PODCAST – Michael Pollan on Our “Cult of Ignorance”

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For food writer Michael Pollan, a critical step toward understanding our food chains and making smarter eating choices is accepting that the “cult of convenience is a cult of ignorance.” Ignorance leads to carelessness, Pollan says.  While marketers have led us to believe convenience trumps all and food shopping and cooking is a chore, in fact, Americans just need to rediscover what truly enjoyable work it can be.   It is work, he says, which not only dispels ignorance but also helps create a better world. Join host Jerry Kay of the Beyond Organic Radio Show as we talk to Pollan about his newest book The Omnivore’s Dilemma.  We’ll also hear how Americans became “cornified” and get his perspective on grass-fed beef and the family food budget.  Interview from 2006.

JOB – Asst. or Assoc. Prof., Food Studies, Syracuse University

The Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition in the David B. Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics at Syracuse University invites applicants for a full time tenure track position in food studies, rank open, to begin in August 2012. We seek an Associate or Full Professor, but will also consider promising applicants at the rank of Assistant Professor. The department seeks a high-energy faculty member with expertise in the interdisciplinary study of food, food systems, and foodways. This academic appointment is in anticipation of establishing undergraduate and graduate programs in food studies.
Responsibilities include developing a stream of high-quality research; program and curriculum design; mentoring, advising, and instructing undergraduate and graduate students; fulfilling service responsibilities through department, college, university and professional avenues; and establishing professional liaisons with organizations in the local community and the global field.
Minimum qualifications include an earned doctorate related to food studies, an active portfolio of externally funded research and peer reviewed publications (or evidence of potential to develop such a portfolio) , and teaching experience at the university level. We are willing to consider candidates trained in a variety of disciplines but with research and teaching expertise in food studies.
The Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in nutrition and public health and is building a food studies program. The department focus is on health issues among diverse populations. Approximately 400 undergraduate and 40 graduate students pursue degrees in this department. Extensive opportunities exist for collaboration at Syracuse University and with the State University of New York (SUNY). The Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition is a leader in the University’s emphasis on publicly-engaged scholarship and applications from scholars with engaged research portfolios are encouraged to apply.
Priority consideration will be given to applications received by February 1, 2012 and the search will remain open until the position is filled. For online application instructions go to http://www.sujobopps.com, (#028629) and attach the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references.