Book Review

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The Omnivore’s Dilemma. A Review of Part I DeVry University The Omnivore’s Dilemma. A Review of Part I In his 2006 book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan demonstrates that as omnivores eating both plant material and other animals we are faced with a great anxiety regarding what we should eat. Humans may be compared with rats in this regard. Rats seek out whatever food they can find but then must choose from all that is found what is to be eaten. When compared to a Koala bear this dilemma is quite profound. The Koala wakes up in the morning, climbs a Eucalyptus tree and eats the leaves. For the Koala and so many other animals there is no consideration of what is best to eat or what will yield the highest caloric count or the most fat or protein. Most animals simply eat whatever food it is that they are most disposed to eating. Michael Pollan’s book is divided into three sections. Pollan examines the food’s available to the human omnivore from three perspectives. He first considers the industrialized food concluding with a typical fast-food meal. He then examines the organic farm wrapping up with a meal prepared from fresh locally grown sources. Finally he explores the personally attained foods ending with the preparation of a meal sourced on his own. In part I of The Omnivore’s Dilemma Michael Pollan offers several points which do well to meet the reader’s expectations but occasionally fall short of their mark. Part I of The Omnivore’s Dilemma finds Michael Pollan exploring the sources of industrialized food in the United States back to its root source: corn. Pollan delves deeply into exactly how interwoven corn is into the network of food production. He offers a brief history of corn’s development in this country. Corn was a staple crop well before the European settlers first arrived. When the early European settler’s wheat and grain based crops would

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