The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

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What shall we have for dinner? Such a simple question has grown to have a very complicated answer. We can eat almost anything nature has to offer, but deciding what we should eat stirs anxiety. Should we choose the organic apple or the conventional? If organic, local or imported? Wild fish or farmed? Low-carb or low-cal? As the American culture of fast food and unlimited choice invades the world, Pollan follows his next meal from land to table, tracing the origin of everything consumed and the implications for ourselves and our planet. His astonishing findings will shock all who care about what they put on their plate.

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`A masterly blend of investigative journalism and amusing personal
narrative ... a sharp insight into current predicaments surrounding supper' -- Aimee Shalan, Guardian

`Compelling ... What stands out is Pollan's love of food and its
natural production' -- Naomi Booth, Daily Telegraph

`Mesmerising ... Pollan brilliantly shows how economics have
turned evolution on its head' -- Financial Times Magazine

`Pollan's book is convivial, creative and deeply disturbing,
though he does offer hope ... it has certainly changed the way I think
about food' -- Audrey Niffenegger, Guardian

`This articulate and engrossing book is as beautifully written as
it is insightful' -- Sunday Times

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By the acclaimed author of The Botany of Desire. For fans of
Fast Food Nation and Shopped. The Omnivore's Dilemma has been shortlisted
for the Andre Simon Memorial award 2006.

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Book Description Penguin Putnam Inc, United States, 2006. CD-Audio. Book Condition: New. Unabridged. 150 x 135 mm. Language: English . Brand New. What should we have for dinner? To one degree or another this simple question assails any creature faced with a wide choice of things to eat. Anthropologists call it the omnivore s dilemma. Choosing from among the countless potential foods nature offers, humans have had to learn what is safe, and what isn t-which mushrooms should be avoided, for example, and which berries we can enjoy. Today, as America confronts what can only be described as a national eating disorder, the omnivore s dilemma has returned with an atavistic vengeance. The cornucopia of the modern American supermarket and fast-food outlet has thrown us back on a bewildering landscape where we once again have to worry about which of those tasty-looking morsels might kill us. At the same time we re realizing that our food choices also have profound implications for the health of our environment. The Omnivore s Dilemma is bestselling author Michael Pollan s brilliant and eye-opening exploration of these little-known but vitally important dimensions of eating in America.Pollan has divided The Omnivore s Dilemma into three parts, one for each of the food chains that sustain us: industrialized food, alternative or organic food, and food people obtain by dint of their own hunting, gathering, or gardening. Pollan follows each food chain literally from the ground up to the table, emphasizing our dynamic coevolutionary relationship with the species we depend on. He concludes each section by sitting down to a meal at McDonald s, at home with his family sharing a dinner from Whole Foods, and in a revolutionary beyond organic farm in Virginia. For each meal he traces the provenance of everything consumed, revealing the hidden components we unwittingly ingest and explaining how our taste for particular foods reflects our environmental and biological inheritance. We are indeed what we eat-and what we eat remakes the world. A society of voracious and increasingly confused omnivores, we are just beginning to recognize the profound consequences of the simplest everyday food choices, both for ourselves and for the natural world. The Omnivore s Dilemma is a long-overdue book and one that will become known for bringing a completely fresh perspective to a question as ordinary and yet momentous as What shall we have for dinner? A few facts and figures from The Omnivore s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals Of the 38 ingredients it takes to make a McNugget, there are at least 13 that are derived from corn. 45 different menu items at Mcdonald s are made from corn. One in every three American children eats fast food every day. One in every five American meals today is eaten in the car. The food industry burns nearly a fifth of all the petroleum consumed in the United States-more than we burn with our cars and more than any other industry consumes. It takes ten calories of fossil fuel energy to deliver one calorie of food energy to an American plate. A single strawberry contains about five calories. To get that strawberry from a field in California to a plate on the east coast requires 435 calories of energy. Industrial fertilizer and industrial pesticides both owe their existence to the conversion of the World War II munitions industry to civilian uses nerve gases became pesticides, and ammonium nitrate explosives became nitrogen fertilizers. Because of the obesity epidemic, today s generation of children will be the first generation of Americans whose life expectancy will actually be shorter than their parents life expectancy. In 2000 the UN reported that the number of people in the world suffering from o. Bookseller Inventory # AAS9780143058410

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