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The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
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Dec 17, 09

bookshelves: non-fiction, sociology, environmental
Read in February, 2007

The omnivore’s dilemma is that he can eat anything and thereby the decision of what he should eat becomes a major issue. Pollan uses this dilemma to show how food in the US is grown, processed, sold and finally made into meals. Corn is the basis of the first meal (McDonalds) and the subsidies, commoditization and ecological offshoots of corn and industrial agriculkture are discussed. Great sidebar on beef and cows natural aversion to corn while USDA standards now make it seem a positive. The second meal centers around organic farming and its evolution (both industrial organic and sustainable agriculture subsets) while finishing on a meal fully hunted and gathered for. The organic points and the sustainable agriculture movement are very interesting and enlightening. The book never gets into the slaughterhouse in detail and avoids being morally preachy.
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