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The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
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Jul 10, 11

Read in July, 2011

Where do burgers come from? They start in feedlots where tens of thousands of cows stand on a hill of manure and eat from concrete troughs; their feed can contain chicken and cattle manure, chocolate, stale pastry, cement dust, molasses, candy, urea, hooves, feathers, meat scraps, fish meal, pasta, peanut skins, brewery wastes, cardboard, corn silage, pesticides.
And fries? Most potatoes start in huge fields sprayed with chemicals so toxic that no one's allowed to enter that field for five days after it's sprayed. Those chemicals stop the bugs, but the potatoes have to be stored for six months in a giant shed before they're safe for humans to eat.
Have you lost your appetite yet?
So what's an omnivore supposed to eat? An omnivore, someone who eats meat and vegetables, has a lot of choices. That's what Michael Pollan, the author of this book, discovered as he became a food detective and set out on a mission to understand what really goes on behind the scenes in food production.
This book will shock you with startling facts, scare you with the secrets that food producers would rather keep quiet, and probably make you a little sick when you learn some of the hidden truths behind the foods you eat.
You may not look at food quite the same way after this book.

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