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Book ´ The Omnivore's Dilemma ↠ 450 pages ô What should we have for dinner? For omnivore's like ourselves this simple uestion has always posed a dilemma When you can eat just about anything nature or the supermarket has to offer deciding what you should eat will inevitably stir anxiety especially when some of the foods on offD to the seemingly straightforward uestion of what we should have for dinner The uestion has confronted us since man discovered fire but according to Michael Pollan the bestselling author of The Botany of Desire how we answer it today ath the dawn of the twenty first century may well determine our very survival as a species Should we eat a fast food hamburger? Something organic Or perhaps something we hunt gather or grow ourselves?To find out Pollan follows each of the food chains that sustain us industrial food organic or alternative food and food we forage ourselves from the source to a final meal and in the process develops a definitive account of the American way of eating His absorbing narrative takes us from Iowa cornfields to food laboratories from feedlots and fast food restaurants to organic farms and hunting grounds always emphasizing our dynamic coevolutionary relationship with the handful of plan Man this book is great The best book I read last year easily Mushrooms chicken slaughter sustainability french fries soul searching uestions it's all here Just read it already Okay if that didn't sell you here's info from the review I wrote for my farm community Stearns Farm Framingham MA The Omnivore’s Dilemma created a lot buzz since its publication in 2006 so you may have read it already If you haven’t picked it up yet consider checking it out At 464 pages it is definitely on the long side but it’s an engaging easy read and it puts the uestion “where do we get our food?” front and center in a fascinating way Its four different sections break up the book nicely you could read one section a month for example if your reading time is limited and it is also coming out in convenient paperback form next monthIn the book Michael Pollan traces the history and ingredients of four different meals one from McDonald's one from Whole Foods market one from a small farm in Virginia and one composed of ingredients that he gathered and killed on his own The meal from McDonald’s about 70% of which is derived from corn allows him to take a trip down the rabbit hole into the world of high fructose corn syrup and the massive genetically modified mono farms that produce the majority of corn in this country The Whole Foods meal is obviously a step up from this although here Pollan explores the conundrum of eating organically if that means flying peaches in from Chile in December This section of the book does a fine job explaining that “organic” does not necessarily mean sustainable Next Pollan spends a week on a farm in Virginia that serves in many ways as an idyllic model for where to get your food Hello Stearns Finally in a section that is as much “adventure series” as it is agricultural critiue Pollan creates a gourmet meal for his friends using only items he gathered himself including bread made with yeast collected from his backyard and sea salt procured from the Northern California coast on which he livesHunting and gathering all of your own food these days may seem unfeasible especially to create the kind of elaborate feast Pollan does Although Stearns provides the opportunity to get much closer to that goal However even if you are unable to rustle around in the woods for wild boar or visit a fire blackened forest to pick l mushrooms as Pollan does you will come away from the book re energized with the commitment to eat locally and sustainably Pollan may not have deliberately set out to promote CSAs such as Stearns Farm but that is a happy side benefit of the work He also writes sensitively and without a sense of moral superiority—it can feel unusual to read a book on this subject that doesn't make you feel bad about yourself And yet the information Pollan presents simply and persuasively will compel you to both thought and action making The Omnivore’s Dilemma an excellent read and great inspiration for the next time you are out in the pick your own beds gathering food for your family’s dinnerwwwoutland ishcomHonest Tales from Overseas

Michael Pollan ´ The Omnivore's Dilemma Book

T and animal species we depend on Each time Pollan sits down to a meal he deploys his uniue blend of personal and investigative journalism to trace the origins of everything consumed revealing what we unwittingly ingest and explaining how our taste for particular foods and flavors reflects our evolutionary inheritanceThe surprising answers Pollan offers to the simple uestion posed by this book have profound political economic psychological and even mortal implications for all of us Ultimately this is a book as much about visionary solutions as it is about problems and Pollan contends that when it comes to food doing the right thing often turns out to be the tastiest thing an eater can do Beautifully written and thrillingly argued The Omnivore's Dilemma promises to change the way we think about the politics and pleasure of eating For anyone who reads it dinner will never again look or taste uite the same jack After reading books like these I'm not sure what to eat any Michael Pollan a sort of food journalist doesn't always give you the kind of clear cut answers you'd like if you're reading books like this in order to learn what's healthy for your body and what's not However here are two important things I did learn#1 Eating only one thing is not good for you in the long run#2 Corn is in nearly everything we eat these daysAmerica grows corn The American government pays for its farmers to grow corn Corn syrup goes into an alarmingly high percentage of our daily foods Our farmed fish and cows subsist on corn Hell some of our cars run on corn CORNAnother issue is the nitrates used to grow all this corn Because it's less physically demanding farmers spread chemical nitrates over their fields To ensure a good crop they overcompensate All this excess washes into our water system contaminating our drinking water and destroying fish habitats The Gulf of Mexico spreading outward from the Mississippi Delta is fucked The Omnivore's Dilemma is one of those books I've been hearing about for years In the past I've read other Pollan books and they were good but for some reason I held off on this one Maybe it was like that character in Lost holding on to a copy of Our Mutual Friend the only Dickens book he hasn't read I knew this book would be special I wanted to wait and savor it I also knew it would be slightly depressing I wanted to be ready for itBut it's not all doom and gloom Pollan is hopeful and allows for the light at the end of the tunnel He's also willing to try new things like hunting and vegetarianism He gets his hands dirty and that's what I like to see in my journalists Fantastic book Recommended to all

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The Omnivore's DilemmaWhat should we have for dinner? For omnivore's like ourselves this simple uestion has always posed a dilemma When you can eat just about anything nature or the supermarket has to offer deciding what you should eat will inevitably stir anxiety especially when some of the foods on offer might shorten your life Today buffeted by one food fad after another America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder The omnivore's dilemma has returned with a vengeance as the cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast food outlet confronts us with a bewildering and treacherous food landscape What's at stake in our eating choices is not only our own and our children's health but the health of the environment that sustains life on earthThe Omnivore's Dilemma is a groundbreaking book in which one of America's most fascinating original and elegant writers turns his own omnivorous min I was resistant to reading this book because I’m not an omnivore and also I thought that Pollan’s book The Botany of Desire was brilliant and I suspected I would not feel as fond of this one which is certainly true He does write well but I didn’t find that this book had the elouence or elegance of the otherThe sub title of this book could read It’s Really Ok To Eat Dead Animals Really It Is Which I realize for most people it is But eating flesh foods and other foods made from animals such as dairy and eggs is simply what the vast majority of this book’s readers and the population as a whole do; it’s not an uniue argument But I loved the fungi chapter and the corn section The chapter on mushrooms I’m sure I enjoyed so much because a close friend of mine has told stories of her rural Indiana upbringing and of the very small l patch they have on their property So it was really fun for me to read about the foraginghunting of the mushrooms including local ls The author lives about 30 minutes drive from me and I recognized many of the locations in the book The corn section about the deliberate infusion of corn products into just about every processed food made me determined to cut way down on the processed foods that I often eat the one real way this book changed me not an insignificant oneA good part of this apparently beloved book seemed to me to be the author’s belabored argument that it’s perfectly fine to eat animals His treatise looked like his attempt to avoid cognitive dissonance his term although I was already thinking of it like that so that he could continue to eat in peace as an omnivore along with about 97% of the US population; being omnivorous is the dominant paradigm Anyway his waxing poetic over the glories of killing and eating animals did not sway me It’s interesting that Pollan continually rebuts his own arguments but I wasn’t convinced his uestioning was as honest as he wanted it to appear as it seemed to me he already knew the answers he wanted to arrive at about being omnivorous And I wouldn’t be surprised if he would agree with me about thatSome of his facts and figures were off When he talks about tens of millions of animals killed for food in the US for instance; actually the latest figures I’ve read are 11 billion every year not including fish Even the call to eat locally which I usually subscribe to is not to be so simplified One contradictory example I can think of this issue is not addressed in the book is the consuming of products chocolate coffee dried fruit nuts from the distant rainforest which in my opinion is much preferable to continuing to cut down rainforest trees and which the natives will allow if they can’t make their living from the rainforest in other waysI know my philosophy is shared by a relative few but the fast food meals the description which was intended to highlight the large amounts of corn products in all the foods while I found that surprising and unfortunate it was the cow and chicken parts of the meal that disturbed me the most And as far as the “idyllic” Polyface Farm I truly wonder what they could do 100% plant products grown