Expect to see more than 100 local farmers wearing green at Michael Pollan's lecture on the UW-Madison campus Thursday night.
Pollan will be in Madison to talk about his book "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto," which was chosen for UW-Madison's common book reading program Go Big Read.
Some of the farmers will be wearing T-shirts that say "In Defense of Farming," but they're not gathering in protest, said Laura Daniels, a dairy farmer from Cobb, Wis., which is about 50 miles west of Madison.
Daniels, 34, said they will be there to respectfully listen and share a different viewpoint than what is represented in the book.
"My farm isn't reflected on his pages," she said. "I really believe most Wisconsin farms are not the agriculture he presents on his pages. I think he's not presenting the whole story of agriculture."
Daniels, a 1997 UW-Madison graduate, said she thinks most Wisconsin farms are not the huge industrial farms he criticizes, nor are they the small, diversified farms that he idealizes.
"When most of farming is in the middle, I don't think that's a fair view to present to the public," she said.
Daniels said she also takes issue with his assertions that using chemicals, like herbicides or pesticides, is a bad practice.
Chancellor Biddy Martin has said that one of the reasons she chose the book was to provoke debate .
Stay tuned for more coverage of the lecture.
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