Wednesday, February 23, Omnivores Dilemma: The food industry recognizes that if people were fully aware of what is going on in meat production, less meat would be consumed. Currently we are separated from animals.
Michael Pollan, who also wrote The Botany of Desire, challenged himself to follow the ingredients of a typical meal back to their sources — taking the process from "earth to plate.
What he found surprised him enough that he realized he had to be more discriminating in his demarcation points. Thus, a natural history of four meals, which turn out to be: And those problems are linked to America's national energy, resource, and security issues.
They're also implicated in global health and food concerns, environmental anomalies, and climate change. If we examine the U. Pollan starts with and can relate almost everything about our current problems in food, health, energy, environment, and security back to one plant: But just what is the omnivore's dilemma?
Pollan credits Paul Rozin, a University of Pennsylvania research psychologist, for the title phrase, citing it as "a particularly sharp tool for understanding our present predicaments surrounding food" the feeling that we need "expert help" to figure out a basic activity: What should we have for dinner?
The koala bear doesn't worry about what to eat: If it looks and smells and tastes like a eucalyptus leaf, it must be dinner. The koala's culinary preferences are hardwired in its genes. But for omnivores like us and the rat a vast amount of brain space and time must be devoted to figuring out which of all the many potential dishes nature lays on are safe to eat.
We rely on our prodigious powers of recognition and memory to guide us away from poisons Isn't that the mushroom that made me sick last week? Our taste buds help too, predisposing us toward sweetness, which signals carbohydrate energy in nature [the substance our brains need to function], and away from bitterness, which is how many of the toxic alkaloids produced by plants [for their own protection] taste.
Our inborn sense of disgust keeps us from ingesting things that might infect us, such as rotten meat. Many anthropologists believe that the reason we evolved such big and intricate brains was precisely to help us deal with the omnivore's dilemma.
Different as they are, all three food chains are systems for doing more or less the same thing: Industrial agriculture has supplanted a complete reliance on the sun for our calories with something new under the sun: Our disconnection from nature could be considered absurd, except for the fact that we all still live in it and must live with the consequences — or attempt to change the relationships.
While it may seem surprising to find in a book nominally about food, Pollan provides one of the most lucid and compelling explanations of changes in U. New Deal farm policies actually did a pretty good job of stabilizing the farm economy that was in turmoil from unpredictable catastrophic weather fluctuations and the economic Great Depression of the s, providing a modest system of support for food and energy security.
But farming is hard work, demanding both multi-layered intelligence and physical effort, and independent farmers have never been a politically malleable or predictable lot. By the time of the Nixon administration, farmer independence was seen as a political problem.
Earl Butz was unleashed to decimate the family farm, centralize control of the food supply albeit in private hands — think Cargill and ADMand foster an agribusiness economy based on fossil fuels.
Corn, the self-sustaining grass teosinte that had evolved its own reproductive system to depend on human cultivation, was the means, and we have since experienced what Wendell Berry calls "the unsettling of America. Farmers who could not — or would not — make the leap went under and everyone moved to town.
Consequences have spread far into the food and energy arenas, both of which have now been enlisted to absorb the surplus corn produced in the environmentally depleting fencerow-to-fencerow monoculture promoted by the Nixon-Butz agriculture department and others. Pesticides and fertilizers were developed to use what was left of WWII chemical warfare agents.Omnivore Dilemma Grass DeVry University Grass The Omnivores Dilemma by Michael Pollan, is separated into three different sections Corn, Grass, and the Forest.
I choose the Grass section honestly because I felt no one would pick it and because it was long and I wanted to be different. The Omnivore's Dilemma Chapter 6. 1.) Pg.
How did corn contribute to the “alcoholic republic” in the U.S. of the early ’s? Corn Whiskey was a product that became widespread across U.S by its cheap delicious product.
2.). Port Manteaux churns out silly new words when you feed it an idea or two.
Enter a word (or two) above and you'll get back a bunch of portmanteaux created by jamming together words that are conceptually related to your inputs..
For example, enter "giraffe" and you'll get back words like "gazellephant" and "gorilldebeest". In The Omnivore's Dilemma, Michael Pollan presents convincing arguments for sustainable, locally produced foods. He uses in-depth research to detail the unpleasant and sometimes horrifying truths.
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