Abstarct. This Paper Will Review And Discuss Michael Pollan’S

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Abstarct This paper will review and discuss Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, A Natural History of Four Meals, which was named a New York Times best seller. Michael holds the prestigious title of the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at Berkeley, as well as being a contributor to the New York Times Magazine. He also has the distinction of being named one of the one hundred most influential people in the world by Time magazine. The author will discuss the book, its references to the omnivores dilemma, but most importantly how the author views the content of the book. Which is how the government and the agribusiness have their hands on our dinner table deciding what and how American’s should eat.…show more content…
Though at what cost? These animals are biologically engineered to eat pasture grass not corn. They are fed a cocktail of antibiotics, corn, fat supplements, liquid vitamins and synthetic estrogen and whatever the CFO’s decide they should be ingesting. One thing is for sure, it is not a natural diet. Very concerning, is what was witnessed on Michael’s trip, how the diet of the cattle has been changed from grass to corn solely for financial reasons. It is unfortunate that economics has OMNIVORE’S DILEMMA 4 dictated how we cultivate, process and prepare the food we eat. The commonly eaten corn-fed meat has an abundance of saturated fat while containing less healthy omega-3 fatty acids. There is a prevalence of heart disease when there is too high a ratio of omega-6 to omega-3. This ratio has increased from 1 to 1 to an alarming 10 to 1 in the contemporary diet of many Americans. Just as concerning is the fact the cattle develop resistant strains of bacteria as a result of including corn in cattle feed. Consequently, becoming resistant by the use of antibiotics, such as Tylosin which is used to prevent bloat, which results from feeding cattle with corn, which leads to the development
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