I can only use myself as an example. I had no preconceived ideas going
into "Omnivore's Dilemma" except that except that I felt that a lot of
the fiber and nutrients were being left out of processed foods and too
much sugar and fat was going in. "Omnivore's Dilemma" dotted the "I"s
and crossed the "T"s for me. Plus it notes, that some of the nutrients
never made it in, much less got removed latter.
Strides are being made on children's lunch foods around the country.
Whether it is incorporating gardening to teach math, science, nutrition,
and cooking or working with a CSA to provide fresh, wholesome food to
The environmental movement started slowly with Rachel Carson and grew.
The ideas will not always fall on fertile ground. I remember hearing an
inner city activist complain that she could go out in her neighborhood
and by an oz. of junk or crack, or an AK-47 but she couldn't buy an
organic apple. There are groups trying to get healthy food to people who
want it. I'm trying to hook up with a CSA for weekly boxes of veggies to
complement my gardening. Whole Foods poses as the organic equivalent of
industrial food but they in turn, pointed out by Pollan, still don't get
it. Organic milk made by free roaming cows that require an acre each?
Free range chickens that may have a small yard available to them if they
can find it? The schuck and jive and, the full tilt spin is alive and
well in "organic" land. This is also addressed by Pollan. I'm not saying
buy the book. Your library must have it. Request it. Browse it. Then
you'll have your own opinion.
A couple of other books I'd recommend for browsing would be:
Eat Here: Homegrown Pleasures in a Global Supermarket
by Brian Halweil
The Revolution Will Not Be Microwaved: Inside America's Underground Food
Movements by Sandor Ellix Katz
The "Omnivore's Dilemma" as Pollan sees it is that we can eat so many
different things. Whereas some species are very restricted to what they
can eat, we are nearly unlimited. Pollan argues that, in part, is what
culture is for, to help us make the right food choices. In this country
of diverse cultures, the food culture has become diluted to
insignificance. We can only reconstitute our food culture, if the truths
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