“!http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/images/2007/OmnivoresDilemma_med.jpg 175×266!”:http://www.amazon.com/Omnivores-Dilemma-Natural-History-Meals/dp/1594200823/ref=sr_1_1/002-4163017-4181617?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1177053454&sr=8-1 The most interesting book I’ve read in a while, and one all species who eat should read. It’s an eye opening account of the food chain which feeds us all. The basic gist is that all food is not equal, and vegetables and animals provide very different nutritional values depending on how they’re grown. The author in an interview said “Socrates said that the unexamined life is not worth living, but what about the unexamined meal? Industrial agriculture depends upon us not examining-in fact, knowing as little as possible about-the food we eat.”
This really is a staggering simple concept, and is obvious that the real wonder is that after a lifetime of evolution how a few decades of frankenfood much of humanity completely forgot to think about one of the most important activities we do – eating. Industrial farmings over reliance on fertilizers and pesticides is destroying the very food grown, along with destroying the environment and weakening those who eat it, whether man or animal. “Fast Food Nation”:http://ko.offroadpakistan.com/books/2006_08/fast_food_nation.html told the horribly sad story of the modern industrial animal, but this book tells the entire story of how food reaches you.
bq. The surprising answers Pollan offers to the simple question posed by this book have profound political, economic, psychological, and even moral implications for all of us. Beautifully written and thrillingly argued, The Omnivore’s Dilemma promises to change the way we think about the politics and pleasure of eating. For anyone who reads it, dinner will never again look, or taste, quite the same.
It’s not just that what we eat affects us, the production chain starting from out stomachs all the way back to the fields where it grew affects not only our bodies but in a fashion defines the world we live in.
* “NYTimes: Deconstructing Dinner”:http://www.nytimes.com/2006/04/23/books/review/23kamp.html?ei=5088&en=3c0958f57a4112b7&ex=1303444800&partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&pagewanted=all
* “More reviews linked to on the book website”:http://www.michaelpollan.com/about.php#Reviews
* “An open letter to Micheal Pollan from the Whole Foods company”:http://www.wholefoods.com/blogs/jm/archives/2006/05/an_open_letter_1.html :: This is one of the largest industrial-organic company in the US, and thus comes under a lot of criticism in the book.