The Omnivore's Dilemma

A Natural History of Four Meals

Hardcover, 450 pages

English language

Published Nov. 8, 2006 by Penguin Press.

ISBN:
9781594200823
OCLC Number:
492492664

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4 stars (12 reviews)

What should we have for dinner? For omnivore's like ourselves, this simple question 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 earth.

The Omnivore's Dilemma is a groundbreaking book in which one of America's most fascinating, original, and elegant writers turns his …

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1) "You would think that competition among individuals would threaten the tranquillity of such a crowded metropolis, yet the modern field of corn forms a most orderly mob. This is because every plant in it, being an F-1 hybrid, is genetically identical to every other. Since no individual plant has inherited any competitive edge over any other, precious resources like sunlight, water, and soil nutrients are shared equitably. There are no alpha corn plants to hog the light or fertilizer. The true socialist utopia turns out to be a field of F-1 hybrid plants."



2) "I was curious to know what feedlot beef would taste like now, if I could taste the corn or even, since taste is as much a matter of what's in the head as it is about molecules dancing on the tongue, some hint of the petroleum. 'You are what you eat' is a truism hard …

Review of "The Omnivore's Dilemma" on 'GoodReads'

5 stars

I was loaned this by my friend, Jasmine, who thought I'd enjoy it/should read it and I have to say that her prediction was spot-on.



If you've ever wonder about the state of our industrial food system today (what's wrong with Agribusiness, mass distribution of heavily-processed food, the apparent necessity of such a system given our ever-expanding national and world population, how we got to this point), this is the book to read. Pollan covers everything from the co-evolution of corn and modern agricultural practices to the conditions of large feedlot operations to "grass farmers" to the benefits and limitations of foraging and hunting to the definition of "organic" in our present-day food economy.



This book is a sweeping tour de force that encompasses a LOT in its 300 or so pages. Some have accused Pollan of misrepresenting possible "solutions" to problems he addresses here, but I think he does …

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  • Food habits
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