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The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Omnivores-Dilemma-coverBy Michael Pollan and adapted by Richie Chevat, 298 pages.  Grades 6-10

Here is some food for thought. . .

The omnivore’s dilemma in the past: Since we can eat almost anything, how do we know what is safe to eat?

The modern omnivore’s dilemma: We have thousands of choices of food in our supermarkets, but we don’t really know what is in our food or where it comes from.  How do we decide what to have for dinner?

Richie Chevat has taken Michael Pollan’s 415 page answer to the modern question (The Omnivore’s Dilemma:  A Natural History of Four Meals) and cut it down to more bite-sized pieces without losing any of the flavor.  To help us omnivores decide what to eat, the book shows us food production from four points of view:  industrial (think McDonald’s), industrial organic (think Whole Foods), local sustainable (think farmer’s market), and hunter-gatherer (think hunting and gathering).  After you ingest this mouthful, you might never look at food the same way again.

Connections:  For other examinations of the food industry try reading Fast Food Nation or the young adult version called Chew on This by Eric Schlosser.  For a look at the horrors of the early nineteenth century meat packing business that  led to the first regulations in the food industry, read The Jungle by Upton Sinclair.