Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

I've now read all of Michael Pollan's books including Second Nature, A Place of My Own, and The Botany of Desire. I've just finished his latest book, Omnivores' Dilemma and if you are at all interested in what you eat daily, I would highly recommend this book. The book is basically divided into three sections. 1) Industrial-Corn which describes the corn based agricultural economy which ends in a fast food meal, 2) Pastoral-Grass which describes a pasture based agricultural system and 3) Personal-The Forest which is a foraging based system. The key is to recognize which system you are working within at any given time. This is a highly detailed, informative and thought provoking book. With every meal, you are operating within one of these systems. The industrial system is clearly the least healthy and the most environmentally damaging. The Personal system is based upon consuming what is available locally and currently in season. The pastoral system is in the middle and maintains the health of the land which producing items such as chicken, beef and pork. This winter as you catch up on your reading, I would highly recommend Omnivores Dilemma as very worthy of your time.

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