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Omnivore's dillema was an excellent read full of very important facts about how our food arrives to our dinner plates. It is an eye opener for anyone who has never researched their source of survival. If you ever wondered what the heck those funny words on the back of the ingredients list mean and what it takes to actually process them, read this book. It actually will change the way you shop, eat, and look at food forever.
Michael Pollen does an excellent job researching the subject of food in the United States. His interaction with the differant places and characters in the book reads more like an adventure, always keeping the reader wanting more and more facts about an industry that operates mostly in the dark and out of the view of the public eye. How far will one man go to uncover these secrets... open this book to find out. I'm sure you will be thankful for the time Mr. Pollen had put into answering the questions we all should know the answers to.
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Pollan begins with a deep exploration of the food-production system from which the vast majority of American meals are derived. This industrial food chain is largely based on corn, whether it is eaten directly, fed to livestock, or processed into chemicals such as glucose and ethanol. Pollan discusses how the humble corn plant came to dominate the American diet through a combination of biological, cultural, and political factors. The role of petroleum in the cultivation and transportation of the American food supply is also discussed.
A fast food meal is used to illustrate the end result of the industrial food chain.
The following chapter delves into the principles of organic farming and their various implementations in modern America. Pollan shows that, while organic food has grown in popularity, its producers have adopted many of the methods of ...