Book Review: 'The Omnivore's Dilemma' by Michael Pollan

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The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan brings to light the food choices Americans make on a daily basis. In chapters 1, 2, and 3, of The Omnivore's Dilemma, Pollan addresses the issues related to food to enlighten the reader of America's poor food production processes and its unhealthy consequences. After informing the reader where food really comes from, he educates the reader about healthy food options that one should take on a consistent basis. Near, the end of the book, the author takes a look into the past to demonstrate how food used to be processed. Pollan divided The Omnivore's Dilemma into three parts. This book review will focus solely on part I of industrial corn. Part 1 described the consequences that America is facing due to the overproduction of corn. Pollan traveled to a handful of farms to witness the farming practices for himself. He witnessed how America has transitioned from local farming to industrial farming. One significant factor that stood out to Pollan during his travels was learning about the many uses that corn has as compared to that of earlier years. For example, at one point of time, corn was used as feed for animals such as cows and chickens. Nowadays, corn is used to make corn syrup. According to Pollan, "there are some forty-five thousand items in the average American supermarket and more than a quarter of them now contain corn. Corn is in the coffee whitener and Cheez Whiz, the frozen yogurt and TV dinner, the canned fruit and ketchup

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