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The Omnivore's Dilemma brings a fresh perspective to the simple yet momentous question 'What shall we have for dinner? Anthropologists call it the 'omnivore's dilemma'. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance.
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Only flag comments that clearly need our attention. To learn more about those choices, Pollan follows each of the food chains that sustain us; industrial food, organic food , and food we forage ourselves; from the source to a final meal, and in the process writes a critique of the American way of eating.
Noting that corn is the most heavily subsidized U. In the first section, he monitors the development of a calf from a pasture in South Dakota, through its stay on a Kansas feedlot, to its end. The author highlights that of everything feedlot cows eat, the most destructive is corn, which tends to damage their livers.
Corn-fed cows become sick as a matter of course, a fact accepted by the industry as a cost of doing business. In the second section, Pollan describes the large-scale farms and food-processing outfits that largely satisfy surging demand for organic food, using Whole Foods as a proxy. The author aims to demonstrate that, despite the group's rhetoric, the virtues on sale often prove questionable.
The "free-range" chicken on offer, it turns out, hails from a confinement operation with a tiny yard, largely unused by the short-lived birds.
Pollan also accuses large-scale organic agriculture of "floating on a sinking sea of petroleum" by analysing that a one-pound box of California-produced organic lettuce — that contains 80 food calories — requires 4, calories of fossil fuel to process and ship to the East Coast. He adds that the figure would be only "about 4 percent higher if the salad were grown conventionally".
Studies have shown that the locavorism Pollan advocates is not necessarily beneficial to the environment. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore's dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance. In order to set up a list of libraries that you have access to, you must first login or sign up. This offer does not apply to eBook purchases. City of Parramatta Libraries. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Apr 11, Pages Buy.
One of Pollan's major arguments about the organic farming industry is that it creates an unrealistic pastoral narrative, giving people the false idea that, by definition, organic products come from picturesque open pastures. In contrast to his discussion of the large-scale organic food industry, Pollan presents in the third section Joel Salatin , a farmer who runs a successful mid-sized, multi-species meat farm in Virginia, and insists on selling his goods close by and on relying on his family and a few interns to supplement his labor.
Pollan discusses how each part of the farm directly helps the others -- the sun feeds the grass, the grass feed the cows, the larvae in the cow manure feed the chicken, and the chicken feed the grass with nitrogen.
It's all a cycle and the farm doesn't require any or much fossil fuel injection. The final section finds Pollan attempting to prepare a meal using only ingredients he has hunted , gathered, or grown himself.
He recruits assistance from local foodies , who teach him to hunt feral pigs , gather wild mushrooms , and search for abalone. He also makes a salad of greens from his own garden, bakes sourdough bread using wild yeast , and prepares a dessert from cherries picked in his neighborhood. Pollan concludes that the fast food meal and the hunter-gatherer meal are "equally unreal and equally unsustainable".
Economist Tyler Cowen argued, "The problems with Pollan's 'self-financed' meal reflect the major shortcoming of the book: