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Talk: Current Food Practices in the USA: Health and Environmental Consequences
Date: 31 March 2010 

American Studies Seminar Series:

Current Food Practices in the USA: Health and Environmental Consequences

Dr. Hedley Freake
Professor of Nutritional Sciences, University of Connecticut
Fulbright Scholar at Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Date: March 31, 2010 (Wednesday)
Time:  4:30 to 6:00 pm
Venue: Room M141, Main Building, HKU

Michael Pollan's recent books, "The Omnivore's Dilemma" and "In Defense of Food" raise serious challenges to the industrialization of food production in the United States and the separation between the consumers and the producers of food. He indicts government agricultural policies and the food industry as well as the science of "nutritionism" and argues for a much simpler approach to food. Here, Pollan's ideas will be explored by a Professor of Nutrition, who will discuss the extent to which they might account for the environmental and health problems encountered in the USA.

About the speaker:
Hedley Freake is a Professor of Nutritional Sciences at the University of Connecticut. His research uses molecular techniques to address nutritional issues, currently pertaining to zinc homeostasis and action. He is also an accomplished cook and worked for several years as a chef before entering academia. He is currently based at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, working as part of the Fulbright Team on developing general education programs in Hong Kong universities.

All are welcome. Registration not required.

This event is held as part of the American Studies Seminar Series. For enquiries, please contact Dr. Wing-kai To via email at

Please find below details of upcoming talks in the American Studies Seminar Series:

April 7 (Wednesday) 4:30 pm, Convocation Room
Dr. Wing-kai To  (Bridgewater State College/Fulbright Scholar at University of Hong Kong)
Defying Exclusion: The Making of a Chinese American Community in Boston, 1870-1965

April 22 (Thursday) 4:30 pm, MG07, Main Building
Dr. Paul Hanstedt (Ranoke College/Fulbright Scholar at Hong Kong Institute of Education)
Reconceptualizing Writing as an Intellectual Act:  Institutional and Pedagogical Implications at the University Level

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