Friday April 15, 2011 | 10:14 PM

A full house turned out at Space Gallery in Portland this evening for a talk by author and sustainable food advocate Anna Lappe as part of the Food+Farm series, which continues through this weekend. Before the talk, a private reception with the Brooklyn-based author gave foodies and Space supporters a chance to mingle and chat with Anna.

During her presentation, she discussed how the science of climate change is clear and uncontested. However, she told us about the coordinated effort of agribusiness companies to combat this science using the same technique employed by the tobacco industry to resist the science linking smoking to ill health. The technique? Sowing the seeds of doubt.

The strategic campaign to make people question the benefits of organic and sustainable agriculture doesn't need to be based on facts. It just needs to seep into the media and into the ears of policymakers.

Despite these challenges, Anna told us she feels we are in a time of shifting consciousness. Which explains why industrial agriculture proponents are waging their campaign of doubt.

Following her talk, Anna signed books. Here she is signing a copy of her latest book, "Diet for a Hot Planet: The Climate Crisis at the End of Your Fork and What You Can Do About It," for Girl Gone Raw chef Elizabeth Fraser of Portland.

I'll have more details and photos from the event in the April 24 edition of the Maine Sunday Telegram.

Until then, I hope to see you out and about.

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