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The Omnivore's Dilemma characters ã 107 ä 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 offer might shorten yoWhat 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 liked Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma so much that I searched goodreads reviews for reasons not to like itLet me explainWhenever a really influential book like this comes out there's a pretty reliable pattern that follows There's the newspaper toast of the town effect followed by bland and ubiuitous morning TV interviews and if you're lucky an innocuous appearance on Oprah probably followed by a massive boost in sales However there is usually a fairly large group of people absolutely pissed off by the book or film because it simplifies or overlooks some crucial matter or mattersI'm aware that Pollan made it all the way to Oprah and I didn't want to be what some call an Oprah sheep but I just couldn't hate The Omnivore's Dilemma no matter how hard I triedPollan goes into uite a bit of detail throughout the book but in a general way we could say that he examines the American supermarket and notices that it seems to present food in a way that is detached from the production of food particularly the natural processes on which food production relies Pollan examines how food is produced and explores three food chains the industrial the pastoral and the personal If food production was a spectrum then the industrial monoculture feedlots preservatives processed foods and international shipping and the personal hunter gatherer would be at opposing ends Although Pollan acknowledges that a hunter gatherer model is an unrealistic way to feed a country he points out that it has the benefit of connecting the eater to what we might call the ecology of food So try to move closer to the personal conscious method of eating by finding an alternative food chainWhat does this spectrum mean for us Organic food does not rely on pesticides or antibiotics but it is closer to industrial than the personal because it's shipped around the world Buying food from a local farmer moves us closer to personal since we have some idea of where our food comes from Meat eaters that have actually seen the animal they're eating die or how it dies are closer to the personal end of the spectrum Veggie eaters that eat from the supermarket are closer to the industrial If nothing else I can say that I never thought of food in uite this way until I'd read this bookIn fact there are a lot of ways that I've never thought about food until I read this book Pollan clearly has a passion for discussing food and he also has the ability to turn what are often uite obviously contrived experiments into enjoyable readingI said that I was struggling to find someone that hates The Omnivore's Dilemma but I wasn't entirely unsuccessful My wife is sick of hearing me talk about Michael Pollan So if you hated the book and would like to convince me that it's awful my wife will surely thank you for your kindnessIn the meantime I thought The Omnivore's Dilemma was fantastic

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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. He makes some good points but in the end it smacks of well off white man over simplifying an incredibly complex issue What the book has going for it is that it's a best seller especially to the faux liberal over educated set and it's at least making them THINK about where their food is coming from What I don't like though is that it lets them off the hook as far as accountability if they just go about buying the RIGHT kind of meat Well all of that free range humane meat goes to the same creepy slaughterhouses that the factory farmed animals go to so really from an ethical stand point it's no better Oh and the USDA Guidelines on what is considered free range are ridiculous 5 minutes ACCESS to the outdoors a day earns you free range classification Also the idea of getting all of your meat from nearby sustainable family farms who do their own slaughter and processing is really great in theory but then won't it become a class issue when only rich people can afford it Oh but I guess those are the same people reading this book so it's cool Oh and lots of his numbers were way offhe said we kill millions of animals a year for food in this country like BILLIONS I talked to a guy yesterday who worked in a chicken slaughtering line in a prison way back when and said that he was responsible for personally killing 8000 birds a day slicing their necks open ugh Oh another positive I did learn a lot about corn from the book and have pretty much backed away from anything made with it

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The Omnivore's DilemmaD 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 ourselvesTo 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 plant. 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