I am currently enrolled in Sustainable World (SUS110), a class with Steven Emrick and we are reading, The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan.
Without giving away too much, it’s broken up into three major sections. The Omnivore’s Dilemma is about the corn industry, cattle “ranching”, agriculture policy, and how America evolved into an a country of sugar consumers, habitual eaters, and obese diabetics. The book also brings into question the industrial food complex and it’s affects on the environment. Alternative types of agriculture and food production are discussed as a healthier and cleaner option for the environment. Not to mention, Michael Pollan has a witty tone that is comical and amusing.
A series of questions present itself in Omnivore’s Dilemma and leaves you “hungry” for more. Which industry is really beneficial in regards to the foods we eat, our health and the environment? How does nature work, how do we defy nature, and should we destroy it and replace it with genetically modified species? When you go to McDonalds or the grocery store, what are you really buying? Who benefits more from what you eat, you or the producer? Do we continue down the path of going to extreme lengths to produce food for the consumer or the producer? Can the citizens of the world sustain themselves if we return to the good ol’ days of hunting and foraging for food?
This book will leave you questioning whether or not to eat that steak, or drink that soda. ((O).(O))