April 11, 2008
I have to recommend a book.........
THE OMNIVORE'S DILEMMA by Michael Pollen
I will admit I have not finished reading this book. There is so much info here you need to absorb it in lil bites. It will stun you that they can get away with so much. It will shock you whats in your food. It will make you sick. The first section about corn .....did me in.........but I am determined to complete it. Its a hard book tho to grasp your brain around. Not because its difficult reading but because I cannot believe what is being done to us and our food. Shame shame shame on companies. I know they want the bottom line and thats profit but this is just greed now and absolute disregard for our health and our animals and our planet. Its really ugly stuff thats why its so hard to read.
I cannot say enough tho about this book. Eyes needed to be opened and if you read this , yours will be. Sadly the farmers are caught in the middle of this mess and will lose either way. Support local people and organics cuz the other guys are killing us all. When you read this book it will make you sick. If you dont read this book the food will make you sick. Take control of what you eat.
Heres one review I found about it but decide for yourself. If you care about what you eat, this is a MUST read......
What should we have for dinner? The question has confronted us since man discovered fire, but according to Michael Pollan, the bestselling author of The Botany of Desire, how we answer it today, at the dawn of the twenty-first century, may well determine our very survival as a species. Should we eat a fast-food hamburger? Something organic? Or perhaps something we hunt, gather, or grow ourselves? 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.
In this groundbreaking book, one of America’s most fascinating, original, and elegant writers turns his own omnivorous mind to the seemingly straightforward question of what we should have for dinner. To find out, Pollan follows each of the food chains that sustain us—industrial food, organic or alternative food, and food we forage ourselves—from the source to a final meal, and in the process develops a definitive account of the American way of eating. His absorbing narrative takes us from Iowa cornfields to food-science laboratories, from feedlots and fast-food restaurants to organic farms and hunting grounds, always emphasizing our dynamic coevolutionary relationship with the handful of plant and animal species we depend on. Each time Pollan sits down to a meal, he deploys his unique blend of personal and investigative journalism to trace the origins of everything consumed, revealing what we unwittingly ingest and explaining how our taste for particular foods and flavors reflects our evolutionary inheritance.
The surprising answers Pollan offers to the simple question posed by this book have profound political, economic, psychological, and even moral implications for all of us. Beautifully written and thrillingly argued, The Omnivore’s Dilemma promises to change the way we think about the politics and pleasure of eating. For anyone who reads it, dinner will never again look, or taste, quite the same.