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Great book about food...however

  • Jul 27, 2010
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This is a great book about food...however, it will make you lose your appetite. I love the way the book is laid out with the four sections. the corn section is the longest and the most disturbing. I am forever looking at labels to see the ingredients list and shudder when I think of all the corn consumed in one meal. The hunting and gathering section was funny to me. I understand hunting as it is a culture we follow in the midwest. His take on hunting as a Californian with no hunting experience was spot on.

Pollan is very honest about many things that make this book evern scarier. The section on organic food is eye opening. If you are interested in the food we consume and how it gets to our table you need to read this book. If you are at all squeamish and do not want to think past the flavor of the food in our mouth then skip this book.

This book affected me so greatly my family teases me about my anti-corn obsession. I remind them I an not anti-corn, I am semi anti-corn industry. There is a difference but not one that you want to share in a farming communtity like the one we live in!

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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals is a 2006 non-fiction book by Michael Pollan in which the author explores the question "What should we have for dinner?" To answer this question, he follows four meals, each derived through a different food-production system, from their origins to the plate. Along the way, Pollan examines the ethical, political, and ecological factors that are intertwined in the industrial, large-scale organic, local, and personal (hunted-gathered) food chains, while describing the environmental and health consequences that result from food choices within these chains.

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.

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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 ...

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ISBN-10: 0143038583
ISBN-13: 978-0143038580
Author: Michael Pollan
Genre: Non-fiction
Publisher: Penguin
Date Published: August 28, 2007
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