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Michael Pollan and Amy Harmon ‘talk’ it out

A few weeks ago, Amy Harmon’s New York Times feature on the challenges Florida orange growers are facing in managing a new pathogen spurred a heated discussion. Food writer Michael Pollan’s tweeted response, in particular, stirred the pot.

Pollan claimed Harmon echoed “2 many industry talking pts,” and subsequently vanished from the discussion.

By exiting the conversation before fully explaining himself, dozens of writers argued that Pollan was not only depriving Harmon of a chance to respond, but also stunting the conversation surrounding genetic modification.

I emailed Pollan shortly after the article appeared, and he called a few weeks later. He says he left for vacation after tweeting about Harmon’s article, and by the time he got back online the conversation was “ferocious,” and his point had been somewhat misinterpreted.

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