By Michael Pollan
One of the New York Times Book Review's Ten most sensible Books of the Year
Winner of the James Beard Award
writer of number 1 New York Times Bestsellers In Defense of Food and Food Rules
What should still we have now for dinner? Ten years in the past, Michael Pollan faced us with this doubtless uncomplicated query and, with The Omnivore’s Dilemma, his fabulous and eye-opening exploration of our foodstuff offerings, proven that how we solution it this present day may well make certain not just our overall healthiness yet our survival as a species. In the years for the reason that, Pollan’s innovative exam has replaced the best way americans take into consideration meals. Bringing huge recognition to the little-known yet extremely important dimensions of nutrition and agriculture in the US, Pollan introduced a countrywide dialog approximately what we consume and the profound outcomes that even the best daily nutrition offerings have on either ourselves and the wildlife. Ten years later, The Omnivore’s Dilemma continues to remodel the best way american citizens take into consideration the politics, perils, and pleasures of consuming.
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Since all number 2 corn is treated as though it is exactly the same, we don’t have to follow Naylor’s kernels. We just have to follow the main branches of the river of corn as it flows and divides through the industrial food chain. As you can see, most of those kernels wind up being fed to animals. Much of that goes to feeding America’s 100 million beef cattle. And the place they are fed is the American factory farm. The factory farms take the raw material, corn, and turn it into another product—meat.
And like any good detective, I realized I had to start at the very beginning, which in this case meant a field of corn in Iowa. I began with that field and tried to trace the corn as it traveled across the country, first to my supermarket and then to my stomach. I watched it being turned into meat, milk, and eggs by cows and chickens. I watched as it was torn apart and rebuilt into all the different foods and products listed on all those labels. What I discovered was a vast industry—a giant agriculture business or agribusiness.
The nitrogen runoff has creating a “hypoxic,” or dead, zone in the Gulf that is as big as the state of New Jersey—and still growing. RICH FIELDS, POOR FARMERS The industrial food chain makes some people very rich. Big agribusiness companies take in billions of dollars in profit. Yet one person who is not getting rich from the mountain of corn is the American farmer. George Naylor is all but going broke—and he’s doing better than many of his neighbors. His farm might feed 140 people, but it doesn’t support the four who live on it.