Contest alert: Win two tickets to see "hero of sustainability" Michael Pollan tomorrow night at the Paramount

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He's been called a "hero of sustainability," his name appears on Time Magazine's 2010 list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World, and his best-selling books, including The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, have made him one of the high priests of practicing -- and preaching -- healthy living, while still advocating eating for pleasure.

Pollan is currently journeying around the country as part of a traveling lecture series. Tomorrow night, he'll take center stage at the Paramount Theatre at 7:30 p.m., and we're giving away one pair of tickets to see the journalist, author and professor, who also just re-released Food Rules: An Eater's Manual, originally published in 2009.

If you'd like to go, here's what you need to do: Tell us, in fifty words or less, what question you'd pose to Pollan if you had the opportunity to ask.

We'll sort through your submissions, which you should leave in the comments section below, along with a valid e-mail address, and we'll announce the winner first thing tomorrow morning. The winner can pick up his or her tickets at the Paramount box office, 1621 Glenarm Place, before the lecture begins.

If you'd like to purchase tickets, there are still a few available at tickethorse.com/event/michael-pollan/1010. And if you type in the code word "GREEN," you'll also get a discount off the ticket price.

Or you can win them here, for free.

Ready, set, go.


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Tmfitz09
Tmfitz09

Colorado has a water (availability) problem... how do see us, especially individuals and small farmers overcoming the lack of water issue here in Colorado? 

Candice
Candice

Sustainably grown food is expensive but that is not the fault of the farmer so how can good and healthy food reach the hands of low income families that can't afford it?

Ann
Ann

In the next Obama administration, if you were offered theposition of Secretary of Agriculture, would you accept this position? And let’ssay you would accept this position, what would your top priorities or courses of action be?

DMacca
DMacca

Dear Mr. Pollan,

 

If there were a pill that could replace a well balanced and nutritionally complete meal, would you take it and please explain why or why not.

Abbey Vannoy
Abbey Vannoy

One resulting trend of the recent food movement is the increasingly idealistic notion of farming.  While a certain degree of beauty exists in caring for our natural resources and providing bountiful harvests, farming, and food production generally, are labor-intensive, high-risk professions.  How do we work towards a healthy, accessible and affordable food system while in tandem appropriately rewarding, respecting and raising labor standards for farmers and farm-workers?  abbey.vannoy@gmail.com 

stephmeyer1
stephmeyer1

How should Coloradoans survive winter withoutany fresh local produce?  Frozen veggies don't count!  Fresh localproduce is better for lots of reasons (taste, nutrition, environmental, supportingsmall farmers, etc), but it's only available for a very short time here due toour late spring and early fall snows.

GFTW
GFTW

Wouldn't it be more "sustainable" to do your traveling lecture series over the Interweb, instead of unleashing a huge "carbon footprint" with actual physical travel?

Also, have you read Zombietime's long article on sustainability and locavorism, showing what a sham it is?

Greenerkitchen
Greenerkitchen

I am a farmer on 2 acres in a suburb of Denver. We run a CSA and sell at farmers markets, but often feel like we are only being 'found' by people who already know how to eat real food and know what's wrong with our food system and are already working to fix it. Who, in a community like ours, do you think are the most critical constituents for me to try to reach out to right now? Who needs us the most?

SwimSLJ
SwimSLJ

With independent studies showing that supposedly 'organic' food has pesticide residue or not truly organic, how will consumers ever be able to trust the food industry? Do you think the organic label is a scam?Do you believe that consumers can do anything against the subsidization of corn and soy?

Laurasaffioti
Laurasaffioti

Are you afraid of dying? Has your view of death changed over the years as your understanding of food has deepened? Do you think this is the case for many people? Your contemporaries/students?

Sarah
Sarah

Local is a key aspect of sustainability. However, as humans evolve so does the notion of trade and globalization. Is it possible that we can revolutionize our food system so that it preserves locality but also initiates access to a sustainable world-wide market? Where would those lines be drawn?

Bffahey
Bffahey

There are so many considerations to weigh to eat healthily and ethically: is our food local, organic, genetically modified? were the animals treated ethically? are farm workers being exploited?  Is it really possible to survive in our culture only eating things you can feel truly good about? bffahey@gmail.com

Amy
Amy

I volunteer with a terrific nonprofit called OperationFrontline that teaches cooking and nutrition skills to low-income children andfamilies. Cheap and fast are usually the top priorities in our classes. Where doyou think the best place is to start when food budgets and cooking time arevery tight?

Caitlin H.
Caitlin H.

What would be, in your opinion, the ideal system in America as far as how the food and ag industries do business, as well as how consumers respond to them on the national and local levels? In other words, how would things be if you could have them your way? Thanks! caitlin.s.hedrick@gmail.com

LocalChef
LocalChef

Smoking cigarettes used to be widely accepted and in some cases even prescribed for asthma relief. Do you believe that we will reach a point in this country when unhealthy food is treated as the pariah that cigarettes currently are, i.e. cast out / banned / reviled / heavily taxed?

Mantonat
Mantonat

Who are the current politicians advocating real change in the food supply chain?

None
None

Hero? Bitch, please.

Doughboy
Doughboy

Do you worry that the organic and local foods movement is economically unsustainable?   If we all can't have our own backyard farms, aren't we all necessarily reliant on affordable, mass-produced food and should we face the prospect that genuinely organic and healthy is priced out of reach of average Americans?

Lizbsimmons
Lizbsimmons

Do you think that the government should regulate the kinds of foods that people are allowed to buy using food stamps, in order to compel them to eat healthier foods? Why or why not? 

Chris
Chris

Do we as consumers need to shift to producers if we are going to overcome food shortage and other challenges?

cmack23
cmack23

What do you think it will take to spread renewable and sustainable farming to major producers and suppliers of chain stores? (something which seemingly is quite possible)

Chrissy Hart
Chrissy Hart

What is your number one policy priority for sustainable agriculture and access to nutritious food in the United States?

Brian Melton
Brian Melton

"How do you see the USDA's deregulation of the GM industry (Monsanto's ability to conduct their own environmental impact analysis, "Roundup Ready" Alfalfa, etc) impacting local restaurants, large scale grocery stores, such as Whole Foods, and the overall state of the American food industry?"

D.T. Pennington
D.T. Pennington

Even with all of your whole-foods advocacy, what is your one guilty food craving? 

Julie M
Julie M

What are some small things I can do to change my habits for the better, right now, that will not bust my limited budget? jugee1977@yahoo.com

No no no
No no no

How is it that you are trying to speak about local, when you dont even know that locally, we are NOT known as "Coloradoans", but rather Coloradans.

Please, learn something the most basic thing about your locality

Lhosny
Lhosny

 Hey Amy - Great question!  I work for Cooking Matters (formerly Operation Frontline) and would love to be able to connect with you on this in advance of the event with Michael Pollan.  Can you call or email me? 202-649-4335 or lhosny@strength.org.  Thanks!

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