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September 20, 2008

Video: Michael Pollan vs. CEO of Monsanto.

Bestselling NY Times’ Slow Food author Michael Pollan, Google [Dr. Larry Brilliant] & Monsanto [Hugh Grant]? And Sufis? Food politics make for strange bedfellows.

What’s so remarkable, in my viewing, of this conversation is that Pollan is skilfully, simultaneously respectful and unblunted. If I were in a debate with Monsanto I’d be on the attack (less respectful) and more shrill (less effective).

Pollan, therefore, represents a sort of Shambhala warrior example of dealing with one’s enemy.

“The only way to kill your enemy is to make him your friend.” If Pollan and Grant don’t go out for (microbrew) beers afterward, at least they openly exchange very, very different ideas regarding very, very different worldviews:

From Michael Pollan: “On Wednesday I participated in a panel discussion with Hugh Grant, the president/CEO of Monsanto, and Sonal Shah, a development expert at Google.org. It was moderated by Larry Brilliant, of Google-org, and held on the Google Campus. It was just posted on Youtube. As you can see, we only had 30 minutes and barely scratched the surface, but it’s rare that Monsanto engages with its critics, so something you won’t see everyday. “Creating a World That Can Feed Itself”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9I1IkbcHNE

Let me know what you think. –Michael”\

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Jun 6, 2013 1:08am

Hugh says nothing about the financialization and drive of speculation that overtook the commodity crop markets – as if all of these problems are just "naturally" occurring out of nowhere…

Rob Thomas Aug 17, 2010 12:05pm

It amazes me that all these conferences of smart, eco-conscious shakers and moves always have plastic water bottles on every desk!

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