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Leadership for Envir Agr Prof

by: Westley Wintheiser

Leadership for Envir Agr Prof ESA 312

Westley Wintheiser
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Eddie Moore

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This 1 page Class Notes was uploaded by Westley Wintheiser on Saturday September 19, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to ESA 312 at Michigan State University taught by Eddie Moore in Fall. Since its upload, it has received 41 views. For similar materials see /class/207214/esa-312-michigan-state-university in Agricultural & Resource Econ at Michigan State University.

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Date Created: 09/19/15
Reviewed by Tony The novel The Omnivore s Dilemma A Natural History of Four Meals written by Michael Pollan is an awesome book that dives into the American dinner and the origins of everything that we consume The novel is published by the Penguin Group in 2006 Michael Pollan is a great writer that has a compelling approach to making his point Similar to his book Botany of Desire he doesn t take a specific side and gives an unbiased approach to providing the facts that he collected throughout the book I could connect with a lot of his views and stances he took and especially his passion for cooking His story took a few areas of food culture and expanded upon them through interviews trips and observation He talked of their pros and cons and the overlooking philosophy that these areas tend to posses The areas are the industrial world alternatives and organics and the food you get yourself He travels to various places where he hears the stories of people and finds out what it was that helped develop their niche in which they work He starts his novel with the bleak food culture of America We are a country that has absorbed everyone else s cultures and have yet to develop a culture of our food that defines us except the business of it I thought it was funny how he touched on the American chase for the ultimate diet For the ultimate figure of smaller and thinner essentially more and more unhealthy He has a way of saying these things that makes you automatically believe everything he is saying Some authors take too drastic of an attack to what they are researching Pollan does not He genuinely tries to understand where these people are coming from that he interviews The best parts of the book is when he is cooking because he is so descriptive with his methods to cooking and the tastes of his food He gives you a whole new outlook to the meals you cook The first area he talked off was the issue of Americans being removed from their food The majority of the American food system is based on corn which is driven by subsidies This is the industrialized food chain V th demands at a high for corn substitutes and fillers for our meat and so forth big business companies push farmers to a breaking point of producing cheap quick corn If it is poor quality than it is sent to distributors who process the corn into chips fillers high fructose corn syrup ect The good stuff is used as feed for the meat industry Than Pollan investigates into the beef industry The issues the industry has ran into have been reengineered so that issues don t arise ratherthan fixing the problem altogether He explains it almost as a cycle where beef is fed corn because it is cheap but cattle don t genetically process corn well So they are loaded with antibiotics and growth hormones which end up in the burgers we eat for dinner This is engineering which is destroying our food system It is within situations like these that we lose sight of our food and try to have hope in where it may come from without actually knowing He illustrates this with a meal from a fast food restaurant to illustrate the countries linkage to corn The second section is about the alternatives in our food system like organics and glutenfree products The problem that ends up arising with these products is that they don t turn out being any better for the planet than the traditional food As organic products are becoming more readily available one can only think of how it is becoming that way The answer is that the whole green movement has been moved by the capitalistic tendencies that have shaped the


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