The Omnivore's Dilemma Essay

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THE OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA 1 The Omnivore’s Dilemma DeVry University THE OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA 2 Upon receiving a required reading assignment in my Advanced Composition class of Michael Pollan’s book the Omnivore’s Dilemma, I thought, great this sounds like a boring read. As I opened the book to read Part 1, Industrial: Corn, I found the author to be very descriptive, almost narrative in his surroundings. I was impressed by his knowledge of the subject of the American staple that we call corn. Pollan went on to describe how corn is in everything that we as humans consume of use in everyday life. Pollan made me think of how much corn that I myself consume, to a point II started looking through my own cupboards to check ingredients. The author went into great detail into the science and anatomy of the corn plant. Pollan described the origins of the plant and he went into, what this reviewer feels as an overkill, of the molecular structure that was like a high school science review that escalated to a college botany course. Pollan began talking about the sex of corn and the germination process to a point that I was hearing late night Cinemax background music. When the author traveled to the Iowa farm I found very interesting, as far as the description of the land, the sounds of the tractor and the feel of the weather. The history of the Naylor farm was intriguing on how the nature of farming has changed over time from when Mr. Naylors grandfather worked the

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