The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan

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First off let me say that there is SO much information in this book that I really wouldn’t be able to cover it all in a blog post.

Even though The Omnivore’s Dilemma wasn’t what I was expecting it was incredibly informative and interesting if not all together enjoyable. I actually learned a thing or two about where my food comes from and how it is processed. And some things I didn’t want to learn. In the beginning Pollan writes about corn, not the corn we (humans) eat, but corn grown for grain (animal feed, ethanol, cooking oil, and a billion other things) and the part about corn sex interesting from a scientific point of view but just about put me off corn for good.

Natural Raspberry flavor doesn’t mean flavor came from a raspberry, it may well have been derived from corn, just not from anything synthetic

That’s the kind of revelations I came across while reading this book.

I’m no sure what to think of farmer’s who grow grain corn. They can’t sell it for what it’s worth so they grow more to make up the difference but that drives the price down and they have to get subsidies from the Government (who buys most of the grain). We have so much grain corn that we have to invent ways to get rid of it. Like train salmon and cows to eat it.

There is a lot more information in the book about where our food comes from and how it is treated and processed. Some of it made me seriously consider vegetarianism for a minute, but as of writing this I have just come back from the grocery store where I picked up some pork, beef, and chicken.

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Young Readers Edition

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