Omnivore's Dilemma Explored

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Omnivore's Dilemma Explored Outline: Omnivore Dilemma - Pastoral Grass Introduction: A summary of Omnivore's Dilemma and Pollan's critique of America's industrial food production and distribution system. Today's world agricultural system is controlled by a few large corporations that exploit the poor, the small farmers and peasants, and even use slave labor. They also control the seeds, prices, fertilizers, and even the genome of plants and animals, and this system should become more democratic and decentralized, with more power for producers and consumers, but it would be a mistake to regress back to a feudal or prescientific past. Thesis: Michael Pollan overlooks the many benefits of the current system of food production, which allows us to produce more food on less land than pre-industrial agriculture. His proposal that the nation switch to a local produce model is not economically feasible for the United States. 1. Background: Pollan's Position a. The insufficiency of current alternatives to industrial food production. b. The need for pre-industrial, locally sourced food production and distribution. 2. Injustices in the current global system of agriculture, dominated by a handful of giant multinational corporations. a. Western corporations and trade patent rules are oppressive toward peasant agriculture in developing nations. b. Mahatma Gandhi firmly believed in the revival of traditional agriculture and handicrafts. c. A more diverse system of

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