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WSU cancels frosh reading Omnivore's Dilemma

Incoming college freshman at Washington State University thought they'd be reading Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma as their "common reading" selection this summer. But according to the Chronicle of Higher Education (and a great article on Grist this morning), WSU has pulled the plug on the book, citing budget reasons -- even though they've already spent the money to buy 4,000 copies. WSU's explanation is vague at best ... and suspicions are running high that the cancellation is politically dictated by WSU's agribusiness ties. Too bad! I agree with the Chronicle's quote by Christine K. Oakley, a WSU assistant clinical professor of sociology, who says she is is "disappointed that WSU decided not to turn this into an opportunity for critical thinking about food production."

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