The Omnivore's Dilemma

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Book Review of Omnivore’s Dilemma The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan was written with a goal to confront the misperception of every omnivore, or human being about the decision of what we should eat when nature itself has so much to offer us. The book start by asking the reader a modest and rhetorical question that is intended to make him or her think more about their growing lifestyle and the taste they have for food. Mr. Pollan asks his readers to answer this question, “what should we have for dinner?” and then he goes on to express to his readers just how complicated the answer to this question could be. The Omnivore’s Dilemma is split into three different parts: Industrial/Corn, Pastoral/Grass, Personal/The Forest, each of which brings out its very own thought-provoking views & trends in the food chain. Part one is Industrial/Corn, it describes how corn is the most important ingredient in the industrial food chain, while the second part, Pastoral/Grass talks about organic farming. The last part is on Personal/The Forest, here Mr. Pollan is describing to his readers how he could make a meal out of whatever he could grow, hunt, or gather himself. This document gives a book review only on the first section. Michael Pollan shows us how hard it is to actually choose what we eat given that nature itself has a lot to offer. Nevertheless, if we studied the American industry, we would find that there is one basic ingredient that seems to be in just about everything: - corn. Our food industry here in America is strongly based on corn, and as the author points out, it is used in countless forms, from being fed to livestock, to being used in processed items such as yogurt or beer. Mr. Pollan also explains just how corn came to govern the American markets and industrial food chain due to a number of factors. He also pays a visit to George Naylor’s farm in
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