The Omnivore's Dilemma' by Michael Pollan: A Study of What We Eat

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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Study of What We Eat by Michael Pollan It is very easy to be amazed at the variety of products that can be found in today's supermarkets, all over the world. The United States in particular is a society of consumers, and many in this country would expect no less than full shelves of everything from produce, to meats, to snacks, etc. However, what most consumers today fail to realize is that the variety seen in most supermarkets in this country is really not too varied at all. In fact, the point that Michael Pollan aims to make in the first chapter of his book is just that: everything comes from corn. The paragraphs below will detail this author's beliefs in relation to today's consumer market, and focus on the ways in which most of us consume the products we are offered (often without questioning anything). Pollan's point will be stressed in this paper as well; namely, that today's society is suffering from poor nutrition and a lack of variety, due to the fact that 'everything boils down to corn,' as Pollan states, as well as the relative lack of education about the places from which one's food comes. What Pollan studies, interestingly, is something that escapes most of us. The author goes above and beyond previous endeavors to find out where the food we see in supermarkets is truly born. What he finds may be shocking to most, and Pollan states, without a doubt, that everything boils down to corn. The meat we see is corn, for instance, because
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