November 12, 2009

michael pollan speaks

PopTech 2009: Michael Pollan from PopTech on Vimeo.

Here's a funny story: in my other life as a designer, I am working on a presentation template for a client. I was doing some research about slide design and found a blog from one of the very best presentation design studios, Duarte. This is the studio that designed Al Gore's slides for "An Inconvenient Truth" before it was a movie. On today's blog post they linked to a video of Michael Pollan presenting at PopTech 2009 (see video above). He spoke about sustainability and food systems. Duarte designed his slide presentation—and it is really well done.

Being a fan of Michael Pollan's work, I watched the video. It is an excellent summary of all the major points he has hit upon in his books and articles. If you have never had a chance to read Omnivore's Dilemma or In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, you should definitely watch this presentation!

He gives impressive facts about the energy spent to make cheap food and why it is so important to eat quality, local organic foods.

Besides, the slides are so well done you'll truly enjoy it.

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