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Introduction to Omnivore’s Dilemma

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Introducon to Omnivore’s Dilemma
Most of us do not expect the books on food to have big ideas like spirituality, oppression and
freedom. But the writer Michael Pollan has always challenged the expectaons of the readers.
This can be known from this latest two recent books, The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense
of Food, where in the writer celebrates the pleasure of eang. In these two books the author
has something very important about how the food industry, the government, marketers and
even Pollan’s colleague journalists have understood the process of spreading the food on our
tables which has turned out into a gradually more dysfunconal enterprise.
The author has observed that with the help of proper insight, gentle &rmness, and even some
well-placed humor, the author observes how the process of modern farming is at war and it
dictates the laws of nature. The author also describes how the nutrional policies of the
government have been challenged against the scien&c pracce and how the consumers have
started feeling that eang is no longer an enjoyment to it seems to have more of guilt and
anxiety. The book wri(en by Pollan has a persistent core of hope.
What is the dilemma for omnivore?
There are many creatures who eat di)erent variety of things same as the human and the
queson what one should eat is a tricky queson and it has to be fought out with anxiety. This
problem is not for the persons who are specialist eaters for e.g. the cow is fond of eang grass
and hence there is no problem in determining what they would eat and what they do not
prefer.
These eang habits come from their genes and hence one need not worry about the same.
This same is the case with the koala bear: they look if the smell is like a eucalyptus leaf, then it
is lunch for the bear but rest of the things in the nature is not the lunch for the koala bear. But
those who are omnivorous then it is a complicated problem; mainly for the natural foods and

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one should not leave the menon the supermarket which provides so many o)ers out of them
some are good for the body which some could be hazardous to your life.
The human beings have come out with a whole lot of cognive tools which help understand
dilemma of the omnivorous. They are with big brains with &ne powers of recognion as well
as memory to help keep all the potenal foods and poisons properly in the body. But the most
important tool in order to deal with the challenges of being omnivorous is the culture; there
are various tradions of food and eang guide which helps in we have tradions around food
and eang that guide us in our food selecon and preparaon—one should have proper
knowledge about cooking for the food for e.g. one can eat morels, but a/er cooking them and
the mushrooms should be eaten in a proper way. The koala bear has in their gene, which
explains what is good and what is bad the same way the human have taboos, mothers, and
naonal cuisines.
Is food more than a health issue?
The author Wendell Berry said, “Eang is an agricultural act. But I would say that it is an
environmental and a polical act as well, since it depends on how to eat and what to eat
which is the most sought a/er food in the natural world. There is nothing else which has a
deep e)ect on the health of the earth and do not forget that it is our bodies which have more
e)ect if you do not the right food. I would also like to menon that food is a naonal security
issue.
More than one-&/h of the fossil fuel grown and consumed is used for growing, processing and
shipping our food—and this is de&nitely more than what we consume while driving our cars.
We cannot change the level of energy and global warming unless and unl we change our food
habits. The next main reason to consider food as a naonal security issue is the centralized
food system in which the food system where in more than 90 percent of our food chain passes
through various corporate hands; and the food is very vulnerable to contaminaon and
adulteraon and it could be by some outside terrorists or microbes. The main thing that is very

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striking as a polical issue that our food choices can make a tremendous di)erence about
energy, environment and economic health of our communies. It is important to understand
how we choose the food to eat and this totally represents one of the most powerful, and
hopeful, votes we have to cast in order to have good natural food.
References
http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/rguides/us/omnivores_dilemma.html
http://berkeley.edu/news/media/releases/2006/04/11_pollan.shtml

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