The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
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From the back of the book:
"Today, buffeted by one food fad after another, America is suffering from what can only be described as a national eating disorder. Will it be fast food tonight, or something organic? Or perhaps something we grew ourselves? The question of what to have for dinner has confronted us since man discovered fire. But as Michael Pollan explains in this revolutionary book, how we answer it now, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, may determine our survival as a species..."
I've just learned the answer as to why the ear of corn in my personal garden was missing some fleshed-out kernels. (The "flowers" of the ear of corn were not all fertilized.)
Some of the information in this book is a bit hard for me to follow (for example, the economics of the corn industry in the United States), but I do like being exposed to this information and hope to be able to understand it more readily the more I read.
I was horrified to learn of the preponderance of corn and soybean products in almost all our prepared food. I recently took a drive through the Maryland-Delaware countryside, remarking aloud to my husband that I was seeing less cows at pasture and only seeing corn and soybeans on farms. Now, sadly enough, I know why.
I was humbled by the author’s personal experience with killing a chicken and hunting a wild pig. It made me realize that the act of killing an animal is not as gross as I sometimes believe, but rather an option for carnivorous man who, if he chooses to partake of meat, should do so with gratitude.
The book also made me feel that I made the right decision to learn more about the food I eat, its origins, and its true costs. In addition, it made me realize that I cannot be perfect in my food choices, but I should nevertheless be conscious of them.
Thank you for returning this book to me. I'll be happy to keep it traveling.
WILD RELEASE NOTES:
***The 2018 Great Backyard Bird Count Release Challenge hosted by Gory Details in honor of the Audubon Great Backyard Bird Count. This book has a PENGUIN icon on its cover.
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