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Author to Discuss “The War on Bugs”

POULTNEY, VT (March 18, 2008) – Author Will Allen visits Green Mountain College on Wednesday, April 2, to discuss the history of pesticides and the media as documented in his new book, The War on Bugs.

The talk begins at 7 p.m. in the East Room of Withey Hall. It is free and open to the public.

The War on Bugs, just released by Chelsea Green Publishing in February, addresses how advertisers, editors, scientists, large scale farmers, government agencies, and even Dr. Seuss, colluded to convince farmers to use deadly chemicals, hormones, and genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in an effort to pad their wallets and control the American farm enterprise.

Using dozens of original advertisements and promotions to illustrate the story, Allen details how consumers and activists have struggled against toxic food.

Allen is currently a co-chair of Farms Not Arms, a coalition of farmers and farm-workers who oppose the war in Iraq. He is also a policy advisory board member of the Organic Consumers Association and serves on the board of Rural Vermont. Since 1972, he has been farming full-time in places such as Oregon, California, and now Vermont, where he co-manages Cedar Circle Farm. He holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Allen’s talk is part of GMC’s Family Farm Forum, an annual series of talks and open discussions that includes farmers and agriculture experts from the community, and scholars from the College and other educational, government and non-profit organizations throughout Vermont and the country.

For more information, contact the Green Mountain College Office of Communications at 802-287-8311.


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