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The New York Times bestseller that's changing America's diet is now perfect for young readers. "What's for dinner?" seemed like a simple question - until journalist and supermarket detective Michael Pollan delved behind the scenes. From fast food and big organic to small farms and old-fashioned hunting and gathering, this young readers' adaptation of Pollan's famous food-cThe New York Times bestseller that's changing America's diet is now perfect for young readers. "What's for dinner?" seemed like a simple question - until journalist and supermarket detective Michael Pollan delved behind the scenes. From fast food and big organic to small farms and old-fashioned hunting and gathering, this young readers' adaptation of Pollan's famous food-chain exploration encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices.In a smart, compelling format with updated facts, plenty of photos, graphs, and visuals, as well as a new afterword and backmatter, The Omnivore's Dilemma serves up a bold message to the generation that needs it most: It's time to take charge of our national eating habits - and it starts with you....

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The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat Reviews

  • Julie
    2019-04-14 01:49

    In the youth edition of the Omnivore’s Dilemma, journalist and self-described food detective Michael Pollan takes the same approach he used in his adult book by examining four different food chains and meals: Industrial (McDonalds), Industrial Organic (Whole Foods), Local Sustainable (Virginia’s Polyface farms) and Hunter-Gather (or, you find it, you catch it, you grow it). Written in a clear and lively style, Pollan makes a compelling case that the dominant industrial model where corn is king is bad for just about everyone and everything from farmers and animals to consumers and the environment—everything that is except for big agribusiness. As befits an adaptation for youth, this outstanding book is loaded with charts, graphs, maps and all manner of visual tools.

  • JuliaL_E1
    2019-04-18 03:32

    The Omnivore's Dilemma tells of the struggles of making correct choices in the modern food industry. It covers the ethical issues in the process of mass-producing food, as well as the socio-economic impacts of the government subsidizing certain unhealthy but cheap foods, and how the chemicals used to produce food today can scar our tomorrow. This book also provided the contrast between family-owned farms and corporate food factories, underlining the beneficial effects of eating organic local foods and the detrimental effects of eating factory produced processed foods. I recommend this book to those who want to make a change for the future of food.

  • ❤Marie Gentilcore
    2019-04-25 21:49

    An excellent book that gives important information about how we get our food. It covered farming, organics, livestock, hunting, etc. and I really liked how it was told in an entertaining and unbiased manner. I learned a lot and plan to make some changes. A few of the key points that will stay with me are "Eat Real Food," "Buy Real Food," and "Eat Real Meals." Highly recommend.

  • Ben Fulmer
    2019-04-06 00:20

    I thought the whole book was very interesting. At first it seemed ludicrous to suggest that corn was such a prominent material in our everyday lives. However, Pollan was able to provide adequate evidence to show that his claim was correct. He then goes on to show the stark differences between the different types of meals, which, in my opinion, he does quite well. He is able to experience or at least describe the entire process of different meals, such as one from a large agribusiness company and one from a beyond organic farm. The adaptation was simple and not overly complex, making it a fairly simple read. While being simple it was still interesting and provided useful details, and made good use of graphics and charts. Overall, I would recommend this to most people, although some people will of course benefit more from reading the original version, not the young adult version.

  • Calen
    2019-03-29 01:48

    I was tricked by the library into borrowing the "young readers" version of the e-book and was wondering all the way through why sections felt so disconnected and truncated before realizing it wasn't the full book. Regardless, it was a great read in a rapidly expanding genre of food awareness. Sadly, I'd already read one of Salatin's books and watched more than a few CAFO oriented documentaries so much of the book was a review, but I truly enjoyed his hunter-gatherer story. Maybe I'll pick up the full edition but I doubt it adds much. This succinctness and poignancy of this edition makes it perfect for high school required reading, too many kids (hell, adults) haven't the slightest idea where their food comes from.

  • Sam
    2019-03-28 00:31

    Overall, I enjoyed this book. It is a faster read than it seems and covers the topic of "where does our food come from?" Facts are thoroughly explained and come from the personal experience of the author so they are definitely true. The only reason why I didn't give this book five stars is its repetitive nature, the fact that it relies heavily on shock value, and that because it is scientific and 2009, some of the information may be out of date.

  • Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
    2019-04-03 22:35

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  • Lindsay
    2019-04-26 00:49

    Everyone should read this book. I don't know what the difference is between this edition and the original but I'm guessing they are pretty much the same. I have an unhealthy relationship with food. I pretty much live off microwaveable meals, fast food, and going out to eat at Old Chicago and Applebees. I'm not healthy. Its not that I don't like fruits and veggies, I buy them, but then I don't eat them fast enough and they go back. So unhealthy processed junk it is for me and all the extra pounds that come with it. I would like to be one of those people that I see at the grocery store whos carts are filled with fruit and veggies. But I just don't know how to take them and turn them into a meal. Anyway, the first section of the book is about corn. Corn makes me want to barf. At least the corn that comes on the cob or in a can. But apparently EVERYTHING has corn in it. Your meat, your sodas, everything. Because the government (maybe it was the agribusinesses) realized that corn was cheap, it fattens up cows and chickens fast and can be turned into sugar (high fructose corn syrup). So they want farms to grow nothing but corn. Of course it wasn't always like this. Way back forever ago, there were farms like you see on TV and movies, where the cows and chickens and all the other farm animals are outside eat grass and enjoying life. While there are still some farms like that (thank goodness), for the most part, it sounds like most of the farms just grow corn. The cows and chickens come from the scary farms where animal cruelty happens. And he does talk about places like where the cows go to get pumped full of unhealthy corn (instead of eat grass like they are supposed to) and live in unsanitary spaces covered in their poop. Its inhumane. And of course we all know about the chickens, where they stick a bunch of chickens in a tiny space and then cut off their beaks when they try to fight with one another. And don't be fooled, just because a package says the chicken is free range, that's not always true. Chicken factories will leave a little door open for chickens to get out, but they are so fat from all the corn, that they don't move. It's very sad. And very real. And this corn they feed these poor animals can have bacteria in it, which gets into our food and then we eat it and get sick. Another sad thing is that even though all these farmers are growing corn, they are making next to nothing on it. He exampled it, but I had a hard time following it. But it sounds like all the agribusinesses take most of the money and then the farmer get very little. We need to treat our famers right. Because they are the ones giving us our food. If we keep going the way we are, we'll all be eating fake food. No fresh fruits and veggies and uncontaminated meats. Just a bunch of artificially colored and flavored foods to look like real food. So then he goes to some 'organic' places, that really didn't seem all that organic to me. Yes, they are better than places making fake food or pumping chemicals into the food, but I don't know, I didn't really feel like they are being completely true and healthy to the earth or us. I don't buy organic now, because it is a bit more pricey, but after reading this, I think maybe I'll try to do that more often now.Actually, I would like to start going to farmers markets and buy locally. We all need to do that. Give the money directly to the farmer. Your food (and you) will be healthier because your food will only have to travel a short distance to get to you instead of from a different country. Think of how gross you feel after being trapped in a car or airplane all day. Now imagine that that's your dinner, stuck on a plane or truck for days just wilting away. Ick. He goes to this place in Virginia called Polyface Farm. This is the kind of farm that you see on TV and how every farm should be. Big and green and the animals are outside and living how animals should live. And the owners of this farm don't ship their products, because they don't believe in shipping food all over the country. I love these people. There needs to be a few farms like this in every state. Instead of buying a hormone filled chicken, you get it fresh. Like people did forever ago. And you only eat what's in season. We've been spoiled with the invention of quick and convenient. You want it, you can get it. Anywhere, anytime. I was thinking that we'd be more healthy if we ate this way. And we'd probably enjoy food more. He mentioned how people used to have meat only on special occasions. Maybe we should go back to that. But would lowering our meat intake really change the way people treat animals? Could we ever run out of fruit and vegetables if that's all we ate?The last section of the book is just him trying to catch his own food like people used to have to do. He went wild bore hunting and mushroom hunting. I don't like mushrooms but that sounded kind of fun. I'd do it. So we know that eating locally is the best thing to do, but will that stop what's going on at the slaughterhouse? How can we stop animal cruelty? Just because we are superior to the cow and chicken doesn't mean we shouldn't treat them with respect. They have feelings to. The author explains how we need these animals. They help fertilize the grass and eat the bugs. I need to find someone who knows about farmer markets and start going. And maybe I'll go to my local Whole Foods and get some organic food. We do have a dilemma and if we don't do something about it we are going to be in trouble.

  • Alice
    2019-03-31 00:45

    “The Omnivore's Dilemma” by Michael Pollan is a book that has made me think of food like never before. This book, telling you the modern day food culture, and where it is coming from has made me think twice when I make food choices. Michael Pollan makes the book interesting by adding images and references, but is very informative. By reading this book, I can clearly see the Pollan is a critical thinker, and puts a lot of thought into what he says in this book. Since he speaks about something he feels passionate about, and you can hear that in the text, I am very grabbed to reading it. The most interesting chapters to me, was the chapters, where i got to know how our modern day food is being made, and what ingredients it contains. Since I have never been taught food has been made this way, this was a shock for me, and I found it very interesting to read about.I have managed to relate “The Omnivore's Dilemma” to just about everything in my life. I question almost everything eat. “Does this contain corn”, “Is the milk from this cow happy?”, “Is this being sprayed with pesticides”. Luckily, before reading this book, I had settled in being a vegetarian, so when I hear about the inhumane treatment of out animal, I know I have had little to do with that for the past months. I am now planning on staying in this situation for some time, unless the animal is being treated humanely of course, since I can in that case support these types of farms. This book gives reference to many other things. Pollan also visits an industrial-organic farm, as well as the Polyface farm (a real organic farm). He also talks about the do-it-yourself-meal, where the food is hunted, gathered and gardened. I can now forward this information to others, such as my family, and “vote with my fork” as Michael pollan said.

  • Allison Soulier
    2019-04-24 21:24

    "The Omnivore's Dilemma: Young Readers Edition" is an edited version of Michael Pollan's original "The Omnivore's Dilemma" text so younger readers can grasp the concepts of today's food industry. The young reader's edition was published by Penguin in 2009. It has 352 pages. I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars because for me not being a young reader, it was an easy read, yet I loved the information that Pollan provided and how much I learned from the text. I would like to read the full version in the future, so I have added that to my "someday" list. "The Omnivore's Dilemma: Young Readers Edition" is considered a "juvenile" nonfiction text. The text was written to inform and persuade Americans to think about what they are eating and putting into their bodies every single day. Pollan challenges the American diet and the food industry that provides what is typically in that diet. From fast food and big organic to small farms and old-fashioned hunting and gathering, this young readers’ adaptation of Pollan’s famous food-chain exploration encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices. It allows kids to also make their own choices about the food they eat while having the knowledge of what is going into their food. There are lots of graphs, statistics, and other visuals to capture the different parts of what Pollan calls the "industrial food chain". The Lexile level is 930L, the Guided Reading Level is W/X, and the grade level is 8th grade. I have taught this book before in student teaching and previously for one of Dr. Albert's classes. In her course, I taught about author's purpose and why that is important to determine what Pollan's intent is for young readers (I can determine an author’s point of view or purpose in informational text. (RI.8.6) I can identify the argument and specific claims in a text. (RI.8.8)).

  • Alisa Vural
    2019-04-15 04:44

    You'll never look at food the same again. Fascinating and impactful, it will change how and what you eat for the better. The "adult" version is also brilliant but this one is accessible to more reading levels. Read out loud with your family.

  • Jake Buchanan
    2019-04-21 00:21

    Michael did a very great job of describing what is in the food we eat. This book has changed how I look at animals and certain foods. Recommended for non fiction readers.

  • Megan
    2019-04-12 04:35

    This is more like3.5 stars. It was very intuitive but the first chapters were ALL ABOUT CORN. Very informative though.

  • Meghan
    2019-03-30 23:40

    I have most definitely been experiencing the omnivores dilemma, or rather the vegetarians dilemma, Just because we can eat something doesn’t mean that it is doing us any favors health wise and lately i have found myself becoming anxious about whats really in the food I eat. I read packet labels but usually have no idea what the names for the ingredients mean or even where they came from. I recently found out that a new Zealand berry company imports their berries from china, its instances like this where i think i am buying something locally made or relatively healthy only to find out that its not the case that makes me frustrated. It would be easier to be uninformed and just carry on eating mc donalds or easy frozen meals but after knowing a bit about how they are made already and then reading this book I don’t want to eat things like that again. This book probably made my dilemma worse as there are so many more things i’m aware of that are wrong with our food systems that I want no part in. I made the choice to live healthier around a year and a four months ago when i became vegetarian, i overhauled my diet and have reaped the rewards since, of course i have eaten ‘junk’ or edible food like substances as they are referred to in the book along the way but as my knowledge has grown my choices have become more informed and I am eating less and less crap.“Whichever conclusion readers come to, they are more thoughtful about their choices - they act now out of knowledge rather than ignorance, and that’s the most important thing. Ignorance is not bliss, at least not if you’re a person who cares about the health of your body and your world” The book is divided into four sections, the industrial meal, which is where most people buy their food from, the organic industrial meal, the local sustainable meal and the hunter gatherer meal. The book is american based so some of the information is not applicable to new zealand as we have different food standards, but, a shocking amount is relevant to us which is pretty scary as Americas food laws are a nightmare for our health. I read the young readers version as it was the only copy at our library but i found it to be informative and it was pretty intellectual anyway.The industrial meal section made me sick, it is abhorrent the way corporations play god with our health and animals well being for the sake of a dollar. I had no idea corn was such a prevalent ingredient in food “if you count all the corn Americans eat, directly or indirectly the average american eats a ton of corn every year” corn is in nearly every single processed food in a supermarket in some form or another, high fructose corn syrup in soft drinks, maltodextrin, asorbic acid, triglycerides, glucose syrup, MSG, Modified starch, yep all corn. New zealand is not safe from this cornucopia (hah) either, I have some rice snacks in the cupboard right now that i no longer have any desire to eat that contain maltodextrin, corn starch and a handful of other unrecognizable ingredients. our supermarkets may not contain GMOS like Americas but they do have a hell of a lot of corn. The reason Americas food is so cheap is because of corn, they feed it to their chickens in the factory farms, their pigs, their cows (who do not do so naturally) along with bits of other cows, feathers and antibiotics to keep them from dying to early from maltreatment. They spray chemicals on to it (and every other crop) to allow maximum yield meaning that their is always an abundance of corn waiting to be eaten in some form. The food may be cheap but their are many hidden costs, to both the consumers health, the environment and animal welfare. I’m so thankful I do not eat meat and have lost all desire to do so, especially after reading this section the only thing that would make me eat it again is if i had to for health reasons or an apocalypse happened. I mean forcing a cow to eat other cows is fucking disgusting, mad cow disease happened in the 80′s and yet factory farms continue to do this, the whole practice of these big food companies just boggles the mind.Another thing that scared me is that on NZ meat packaging there is no information about the meat except for which cut it is. That right there is enough to make me worried, how do we know our animals aren’t any better off than the american ones, filled with disease and hormones and corn, there is no way to know with the current factory farming practices, which is yet another reason I do not eat meat. I have no reason to trust corporations and they certainly don’t have the best record of being trustworthy.The farmers that work for these corporations are the losers in this system. They do all the work and are payed the least (actually that would be the workers that are exploited) It reminds me of our own dairy farming and how the farmers are not making a lot of money anymore but the big businesses are doing fine, it makes me wonder why farmers keep doing it, there is no gain for them in this corrupt system at all, their land gets ruined from factory farming because there is no chance for the land to heal from the excess nitrogen or pesticides, they lose financially and they have to do all the work while others reap the benefits, another thing that boggles the mind. This section of the book really got to me, I don’t think that New zealand is nearly as bad as america, but we also aren’t much better, We do not have GMOS (TPPA will most likely change that) but we do have industrial animal farming which has started to affect our waterways and rivers from farm run off, we do have pesticides and imported corporate food from america (doritos, coca cola, poptarts, Kraft products to name a few) so while this book is american based i think it is both relevant and concerning for New Zealanders.The next section the organic meal is basically the industrial meal without the pesticides, which is actually really great. Its not ideal but it is much better for the environment, Animal welfare, not so much, they still feed corn to animals whether they can eat it naturally or not, but it has no sprays, There is a chapter about free range chickens, while they are better off than the industrial ones, they still suffer. they are kept in a shed with access to a door but never actually step foot outside as they are bred to grow to full size in 7 weeks. Unfortunately their legs cannot support this so they cannot go outside even if they wanted to. I found this shocking, It creates yet another dilemma in that you think you are supporting a humane way of farming only to find out this is not the case. Free range is definitely better for your health, but not much better than conventional farming for the chickens. The USDA guidelines were also pretty crazy, there is no such thing as an organic TV dinner in nature, yet according to the USDA there is. Companies are allowed to use organic synthetic ingredients such as xanthan gum or natural grill flavours, which while not naturally occurring or how i would define something to be organic, is a hell of a lot better than non organic synthetics. It again got me thinking about our food, i see natural flavours on so many food labels but there are no specifics as to what these actually are, i find it bloody frustrating, I can read all the labels i want but i’m never going to find the answer to what natural flavors the product may actually contain which makes me anxious (its probably not healthy to get anxious over food labels but I want to know what i am putting in my body and I make good choices for the most part and eat A LOT)The next section the local sustainable was my favorite. I wish all farmers would endeavor to be self sustaining, even big corporate farms could do it, it may take more effort instead of sitting in a tractor and pushing buttons from a computer but the hidden costs are nearly zero. The animals on this farm are treated with respect and are allowed to live out their lives healthily and naturally, If people choose to eat meat, this is how i think they should be doing it, both for the animals well being and the consumers health. The farm mentioned relies on grass to fed the animals, like nature intended, There was a great quote from this section i want to share“We have forgotten that meats used to be as seasonal as fruit and vegetables, Lambs are born in spring and are not ready to be eaten for 8 - 10 months, yet supermarkets sell lamb shipped from new zealand year round, If local food chains are going to succeed, customers will have to get used to eating seasonally again.I think that that right there is the core of what is wrong with out food industry. We do not eat seasonally anymore, we just import what we don’t have, which increases carbon from the transport and demand on the animals and farmers to keep producing more and more food for different countries, which puts a strain on their land. Something i found so astoundingly stupid is that “Spain has thriving citrus orchards, yet still imports Argentine lemons while their own fruit rots” or that “britain imports 14,000 tons of waffles a year then exports 15,000 tons of the same kind of waffles” isn’t that the stupidest thing you’ve heard? and yet every single country does it, we export apples to america and then import their apples, doesn’t it make sense to keep your own apples? surely the cost of exporting them is so much higher than just keeping them and selling within your own country? it makes me so angry that our food industry is like this, and it will get much worse once the TPPA tarrifs are lifted. If a country kept what they can grow or make themselves and just imported what they don’t get, that would decrease carbon emissions right there, ultimately I would like to see consumers eating seasonally again but even this solution from me, someone not even in the industry would reduce costs and environmental damage, doesn’t those facts (and there are many more) just astound you in their stupidity? It baffles me.honestly i could rave about this local sustainable section forever. It gave me hope that people care about where their food comes from. More and more farms and farmers markets are popping up everywhere, its so great. I live in a small town and we have no farmers market and only one supermarket which is not ideal for how i want to ‘vote with my fork’ but I do my best within my limited resources and budget to make the best choices for my health and the well fare of the planet, which is what we all should be aiming to do. Low income people like myself do not have to be condemned to eating white bread, margarine and junk food because its cheap and all they can afford, for the same price as white bread you can buy wheatmeal bread, real butter is around the same price as processed margarine, its just about increasing food knowledge and then making better choices, which sadly is lacking in most households. (not because they’re stupid or anything but because the information is not widely spread)The hunter gatherer section was interesting but not realistic for most people, The amount of time and effort that went into preparing one meal was ridiculous and just not something the majority of people are going to do. It came across as self indulgent and not informative for the wider audience. it would have been better if the author devoted more time than he did to how vegetarian and vegan diets affect the food industry, there are far more of them than there are hunter gatherers. Not to mention a vegan diet based on local ingredients is the best one environmentally and ethically, both themes are prevalent in the rest of the book, it would make more sense to end it with the most ethically sound diet i would think?Please read this book. It will change how you think about food forever. you can then make informed decisions that i guarantee will make you healthier, happier and a more informed consumer. It won’t solve the dilemma of what to eat, it will probably do the opposite, but wouldn’t you rather want to know what your steak ate and if it had any antibiotics or what pesticides, if any your fruit and veggies were exposed to, I most definitely do, for my health and for the planets. Now that i have read this book, the learning doesn’t end, I am going to investigate NZ food practices more closely and learn more about how to recognize what ingredients are on food labels, it is frustrating that they are not more detailed but I will work with what i have to make the best choices for myself and my future health, thats all we can do really.

  • Arminzerella
    2019-03-29 03:24

    [Note: this is the Young Readers Edition]Michael Pollan provides an in-depth account of where our food comes from – approaching the topic by examining the ingredients of several different types of “meals,” the Industrial Meal, the Industrial Organic Meal, the Local Sustainable Meal, and the Do-It-Yourself Meal (hunted, gathered, and gardened food). Although this is the “young readers’” edition, it doesn’t seem dumbed down at all. Young readers and their adult parents can all benefit from reading this from cover to cover. Most readers will not know where their fast food meals come from (or even where their groceries come from), and many will be shocked when they learn that animals and food crops are mass-produced by giant industrial farming corporations and, in the case of corn and soybeans, are heavily subsidized by the government. Pollan makes it clear (in language that young people can understand) how much we rely on corn and corn products – how much we are made to rely upon them – and what the effects of this kind of mass-farming are on the environment (pesticides, vast quantities of animal waste, genetically-engineered and mono-cultured crops). Even supposedly “organic” foods are manufactured in ways that you might not expect (the word organic as defined by the USDA isn’t as strict as you might think). The healthiest (and most environmentally friendly) choices seem to be the Local Sustainable Meal and the Do-It-Yourself Meal. Unfortunately, many of the “healthier” choices are also more expensive-looking to the consumer (because they aren’t made with cheap ingredients, nor do they receive government subsidies), so not everyone can afford to eat what’s best for them.I was pretty shocked when I read this. When you look at the carefully choreographed dance of life and death and natural processes that go into a small sustainable farm like the one Pollan describes in the Local Sustainable Meal – nothing wasted, every process supporting and supported by another process in the circle of life – it’s hard to imagine how we got away from that. Although these farms can’t possibly produce on the scale of the large agribusinesses, they’re better for the environment, better for the animals and plants they grow, and the end result – our food – is better for us. This is definitely a timely book – addressing our need for healthier and less costly choices (both environmentally and monetarily). People need to know where their food comes from and what the real costs of its production are in order to make informed decisions about what they choose to buy. This book will be a wake-up call for many readers, and it is highly recommended.

  • Seyoon choi
    2019-04-08 22:26

    I learnt an absolutely indefinite 'ineresting ' fact from this book: humans are obsessed with corn. This book talks about corn, how it is processed, meat, how it's processed, etcetera. Apparently this book says soda, or other kinds of fizzy drinks contain corn. I showed off to my mum by talking about this fact, but my mum said it was ridiculous,and I was terribly naive, and I shouldn't believe all the facts from the book. I started thinking: is this book lying? But then again, if it was, it wouldn't be so famous. So basically, my showing off idea kind of backfired. These days, every book I read contains some disgusting facts about food I normally eat, and it ruins my appetite. I think I talked about this from the previous review? Anyways, this book also ruined my appetite, because it showed how animals get killed by farmers and get eaten by humans. It talks only about the disgusting parts in the animal, and it ruined my appetite.AGAIN! So I thought suspiciously that my mum bought me this book to make me stop eating meat. Well, I won't fall for that!This book contained some 'fake' facts, and disgusting entrails.

  • Sarah
    2019-04-14 02:37

    I would love to use this book somehow in our seventh grade's environmental education unit this spring, as 'the secrets behind what you eat' are definitely linked to how we use (or abuse) our environment.Similar to the end of In Defense of Food, this book offers advice of how we can help support a local, sustainable food movement, even though we don't have the power to change government subsidies overnight.I. Eat Real Food A. Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food. B. Don't eat anything with more than five ingredients, or with ingredients you don't recognize or can't pronounce. C. Don't eat anything containing high-fructose corn syrup. II. Buy Real Food A. Get your food from the outside perimeter of the supermarket and try to avoid the middle aisles. B. Don't buy, or eat, anything that doesn't eventually rot. C. Shop at the farmer's market, through a CSA, or at a farmstand whenever you can. D. Be your own food detective (Pay attention to where your food comes from.)III. Eat Real Meals A. Cook.B. Garden. C. Eat slowly and stop when you're full. D. Eat at the table. E. Try not to eat alone.

  • Emma S
    2019-04-26 02:43

    Secrets Behind what you Eat Have you ever wondered where your food comes from? The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan is a great book that tells you what to eat and what not to eat. Michael Pollan describes where your food was before it was on your plate, what chemicals are used to make it and what the organic sticker on your banana actually means. Did you know most of all the food we eat has corn in it? You soda is 100 percent corn. Your Milk shake is 78 percent corn and your Cheeseburger is 52 percent corn. Even some magazines have corn products in it! Eating food is easy, but knowing where it comes from is hard. Every page I read in this book explained why a certain food isn't organic, how much corn is in the product, the farm your chicken came from and much more! This book told me food to eat and not to eat. I recommend it to everyone of all ages. Everyone should know the secrets behind what you eat.

  • Jenny
    2019-04-19 22:43

    I saw this on the shelf. Come on, who doesnt like food? I'm an omnivore! Also, I would like to read about what I eat. Good, bad, intriguing. I needed a good book for winter break because I didnt have the oppertunity to change my book choice.what impressed me what how the author decided to write such a bok. "exposing" the food. Also, it's like a "did you know? " type of book. "Human beings are omnivores. OMNE IN LATIN MEANS ALL OF EVERYHING. Vore comes from latin, vore, WHICH MEANS TO EAT OR DeVOUR" Did you know what corn is in everyhintg (alsmost)? "The average supermarket doesnt seem much liek a field of corn... what did the cows and pigs and chickens eat before cuts of meat? Mainly corn... ITS ALL CORN" It was a fact. Corn was like the bottom of the food chain for the supermaket products. What I learned from this book was that people dont pay attention to the ingridients, they just buy it. You dont know what youre eating. Everyhing we buy is disguised as corn.

  • Trish Goodwin
    2019-04-24 01:30

    The title of this book is a bit misleading. This is the Young Readers edition, but by no means is this text "for kids". I would say high school would be appropriate; School Library Journal says grade 7 and up. Aside from that, this book does an excellent job of presenting this topic to young adults. Trying to decide what to eat in a morally responsible, affordable, and sustainable way truly is a dilemma, and many times feels like an all-out daily battle. It's not surprising that so many people just fall back onto the fast food crutch. The thing that makes me the most upset is how our government subsidizes the unhealthy foods which in turn makes whole foods seem so expensive. I was also shocked to read how much corn (corn by-products) is in our typical American processed-food diet. No wonder there is an obesity epidemic. The industrial food chain truly is an evil enterprise, and getting away from it is very difficult, but I am more inspired to do so after reading this book.

  • Kimball
    2019-04-03 05:28

    Fortunately, I listened to this book instead of his other similarly titled book, The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. The other was narrated by that jack a-word Scott Brick who did In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto that I barely made it through. I didn't realize this one was geared towards young readers, at least, that's what the title makes it seem it is for. This edition was great! The section about what happens to the poor caged animals was pretty mild and wasn't designed to guilt trip you to pity them but rather just objectively inform you which I thought was a good move from the author. His goal of writing wasn't to persuade you to be a vegetarian or to not buy from those big industrial farms like that meat factory in Liberal, Kansas but mainly to inform and help you to be more mindful of what you eat. But he does state that eating corn-fed beef isn't the best meat you can eat.The author discussed the topic of the animals suffering vs feeling pain. Haters cry out that they are suffering. But they aren't. They are experiencing pain, which is different. Suffering has emotion involved; worry, regret, fear, shame. Animals can't fear death because they can't think into the future and therefore aren't suffering. I like the point that he brought up about letting the animals go free. They'd die worse deaths and would be extinct because they can't survive in the wild. They've been sustained by humans. Killing animals isn't wrong in principle. But what matters is how we treat them when they are alive. So those polyface farms treat their animals very, very well. Although the author did state that no other country treats their animals as cruelly as the slaughterhouses in the USA. That's not true. I lived next to a slaughterhouse for chickens in Paraguay. This book should be read with The Dorito Effect: The Surprising New Truth About Food and Flavor and Animal, Vegetable, Miracle: A Year of Food Life. I want to go to that polyface farm in Virginia. That'd be neat to stay there for a week and earn your food and work with those farmers. I loved all the natural efficiency they had like recycling all the poop, animal parts, etc. Just animals and plants working with each other. You can even see on Google Maps how they rotate the chicken pens so they don't over graze the ground. I love how even the nearby forest contributes to and feeds the farm. Pests and disease are nature's way of telling the farmer he's doing something wrong.The first part of the book should be called Cornhole because corn is apparently in everything. Speaking of corn, cereal costs four cents worth of corn to produce but can cost of up four dollars to buy. Guess who isn't getting those profits? The farmers. Every dollar spent on food in this country has 92 cents going towards non-farmers. That's not right. Cereal is the most profitable product for those industries. There are four different food chains:*Industrial - Most of our food comes from here.*Industrial Organic - Same as above but "organic" (it's not really organic though).*Local Sustainable - Variety of crops and animals; Food travels a short distance.*Hunter/Gatherer - A person hunts or grows his own food start to finish.The most morally troubling thing about killing chickens is that after a while it stops being morally troubling. That's the tricky part. People get desensitized to killing as we learned in A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier. I liked how the author talked about even the meat being consumed in it's own season. I'm a big fan of Trader Joe's because they have limited selection of produce. When people complain about their lack of produce it makes me want to shop their even more because fruit and vegetables do not grow year round. And they should not be shipped halfway around the world either. Not only that but you appreciate food when you limit how and when you can eat it. Christmas wouldn't be special if it was year round. Red meat is for fall and winter and chicken is for spring and summer. Fungi aren't plants? Sounds like that same dumb argument that fish isn't meat. What else is it then? I didn't know that pigs aren't native to the US. The Spaniards and Columbus brought them over. Now I finally know what Feral means. His hunting friend, Angelo, seems like a neat guy. Wish I knew someone like that. I want to eat a morel (sp?) sleeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepy mushroom now. Fast food needs to be a special occasion not eaten every dang day.

  • Morgan
    2019-04-23 03:44

    It's been a successful week of reading this book, and I'm just thankful I reached the end. The author seemed like he was doing too much for the reader to enjoy not only the new knowledge, but the way he presented it. I think I would've appreciated a little bit more nonfiction, rather then the story that was his life during these moments. This is based upon reading it for educational purposes, and my class for school. Otherwise an okay read, and it really opened my eyes even more to the Industrial Food business. Definitely a suggested read for anyone who really wants to know where their food comes from

  • Magda
    2019-03-31 03:26

    How about a book that will help you realize what you’re actually putting into your mouth?I’d love to say that this one left an impression on me and maybe a few fragments really did, but as a whole, it felt too American. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think it’s bad. After the author is American and he wrote about his research and experiences. But I felt like some of these things don’t apply, even if they actually do.Anyway, I think it was a good read and it indeed helped me to look differently at some of the food I’m eating.

  • AliciaGordon
    2019-04-15 23:21

    Living in LA, one forgets that California is an agriculture gold mine. Michael Pollan, a California native, explores exactly what goes into what we eat and the horrifying processes that go into constructed our American meals. The first half was full of really interesting and startling information but the second half, focusing on his experience of hunting and gathering his own food, could have been shortened. I enjoyed the first half so much but the latter portion was somewhat of a let down. All in all, I enjoyed this edition. It ran smooth and was really easy to get through. 3.5/5 stars

  • Noah
    2019-04-02 22:27

    Pollan's agenda (monocultures are bad, mass-produced meat is bad, our subsidies are bad, fast food is bad, etc.) is clear throughout, but the book is also consistently interesting and full of things you didn't know before. Pollan is a great storyteller and his closing pitch, that you should develop a closer relationship with your most basic necessity, is powerfully made. This book will change the way you look at your food for at least a week, until you revert to all your old habits.

  • Steve Duong
    2019-03-28 05:39

    This has to be the most insightful book I've ever read. I loved every minute of reading this book and had a great time, it really opens my eyes to all things food! Michael Pollan will definitely be a author that I come back to for books.I can't find enough words to describe the joy and the empowerment I've felt after I read this book, it should definitely be on every food lover's shelf.

  • Bick McSwiney
    2019-04-07 04:26

    As good as I remembered, and I think my age (ironically) helped me enjoy it more. Hopefully I do better at being a "food detective."

  • Irene McHugh
    2019-04-14 03:30

    Review to come.Merged review:This book was my second by Michael Pollan. While many themes are similar to In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, this book delves much more into the specifics of the food industry in the United States. If you enjoy hearing about various political power plays and how they affect our food, then this book is informative and engaging.The narrator was easy to listen to. There were times when I really thought I was listening to Michael Pollan explain his journey through researching where our food comes from.One thing I like about Pollan is that he suggests numerous solid and accessible solutions for eating healthier. And he does that here, but most of this book did seemed geared for an average reader, an adult. I did snag this young reader's edition last summer from AudioSync, but I'm not entirely certain how this version was tailored for young people. The vocabulary seemed on par with what I recall from listening to In Defense of Foods. Perhaps they condensed some sections. At the end, Pollan leaves young readers with a list of specific actions and ideas they can put into practice. Besides that list, though, I didn't hear anything that was specifically targeting a younger audience to engage them.

  • Mary Bautista
    2019-04-18 05:38

    I chose the Omnivore’s Dilemma because I like learning about health and about others health choices. Originally I thought it was about his life as an omnivore and his health choices and was surprised to find out it’s really about what some of your produce went through before it ends up in your home. Michael Pollan, the protagonist, travels America looking at farms and slaughterhouses. The antagonist would be companies that hide secrets about their produce. Our conflict begins with Pollan wondering where his food comes from. It started in 1998 when he was doing an article on genetically modified food. He went all around America, so it's hard to pinpoint where the book takes place. The book is Man vs. Man as it is the farms' fault for the way they treat their crops and animals. The theme of the book would be, how capitalism and quantity over quality affects our food. A motif in the book could be how he's always trying to see the secrets of our produce. The quote “But because we are omnivores we have very little built-in instinct that tells us which foods are good for us and which aren’t. That's the dilemma-we can eat anything…”(Pollan 4). The book is a behind the scenes to your produce and this quote is implying even if we knew where our food came from, would we still eat it because we can eat anything. It helps put the book together by giving us information of what our body is able to intake. I would recommend this book to people wanting to know of where our food is produced and the process and steps each fruit, vegetable, and piece of meat has gone through. Pollan gives us the inside to how everything is done and some pictures to further explain the steps.

  • Anthony
    2019-04-15 00:41

    Eating food is something every human needs to do in order to survive. Michael Pollan, in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, questions the food we eat, and where it came from. Pollan introduces the idea of the “omnivore’s dilemma,” which states that as omnivores, humans can eat most anything. However, what we should eat is the dilemma. Pollan reports on his research of his four proposed “food chains” (Industrial, Industrial Organic, Local Sustainable, and Do-It-Yourself). The first time I read this book, I did not enjoy it. However, upon my reread, I found myself genuinely interested in the topic. The Omnivore’s Dilemma was a delight to read, as it does not the stereotypical monotone informational nonfiction type of writing, which I dislike. Pollan is serious about his writing, meeting with representatives of each “food chain.” Pollan states in the preface “I didn’t write The Omnivore’s Dilemma to convince you to eat one kind of food or another. My aim was to give you the information you need to make good choices.” Yet, throughout the book, I did notice plenty of bias of Pollan. This was easily ignorable, as I do share a similar opinion against the “Industrial food chain” after reading this book. The bias still does make it seem like more of a persuasive piece, so beware. There are illustrations and photographs galore in The Omnivore’s Dilemma, as well as annotations. These provide extra information to the reader and definitely are of use. Pollan does not over-explain information, which is impressive considering this is the Young Readers edition. He also includes a Q&A, a summary of his tips for eating, and a section called “Vote with your Fork,” encouraging people to eat based on their values. As someone who enjoyed The Omnivore’s Dilemma, I would recommend it to teens and young adults who are not afraid to learn truths about the food they eat, and keep an open mind to new eating habits.

  • Ken Baker
    2019-03-25 23:39

    EDITORIAL REVIEW:A national bestseller that has changed the way readers view the ecology of eating, this revolutionary book by award winner Michael Pollan asks the seemingly simple question: What should we have for dinner? Tracing from source to table each of the food chains that sustain us— whether industrial or organic, alternative or processed—he develops a portrait of the American way of eating. The result is a sweeping, surprising exploration of the hungers that have shaped our evolution, and of the profound implications our food choices have for the health of our species and the future of our planet. From Publishers Weekly [Signature]Reviewed by Pamela KaufmanPollan (_The Botany of Desire_) examines what he calls "our national eating disorder" (the Atkins craze, the precipitous rise in obesity) in this remarkably clearheaded book. It's a fascinating journey up and down the food chain, one that might change the way you read the label on a frozen dinner, dig into a steak or decide whether to buy organic eggs. You'll certainly never look at a Chicken McNugget the same way again.Pollan approaches his mission not as an activist but as a naturalist: "The way we eat represents our most profound engagement with the natural world." All food, he points out, originates with plants, animals and fungi. "[E]ven the deathless Twinkie is constructed out of... well, precisely what I don't know offhand, but ultimately some sort of formerly living creature, i.e., a species. We haven't yet begun to synthesize our foods from petroleum, at least not directly."Pollan's narrative strategy is simple: he traces four meals back to their ur-species. He starts with a McDonald's lunch, which he and his family gobble up in their car. Surprise: the origin of this meal is a cornfield in Iowa. Corn feeds the steer that turns into the burgers, becomes the oil that cooks the fries and the syrup that sweetens the shakes and the sodas, and makes up 13 of the 38 ingredients (yikes) in the Chicken McNuggets.Indeed, one of the many eye-openers in the book is the prevalence of corn in the American diet; of the 45,000 items in a supermarket, more than a quarter contain corn. Pollan meditates on the freakishly protean nature of the corn plant and looks at how the food industry has exploited it, to the detriment of everyone from farmers to fat-and-getting-fatter Americans. Besides Stephen King, few other writers have made a corn field seem so sinister.Later, Pollan prepares a dinner with items from Whole Foods, investigating the flaws in the world of "big organic"; cooks a meal with ingredients from a small, utopian Virginia farm; and assembles a feast from things he's foraged and hunted.This may sound earnest, but Pollan isn't preachy: he's too thoughtful a writer, and too dogged a researcher, to let ideology take over. He's also funny and adventurous. He bounces around on an old International Harvester tractor, gets down on his belly to examine a pasture from a cow's-eye view, shoots a wild pig and otherwise throws himself into the making of his meals. I'm not convinced I'd want to go hunting with Pollan, but I'm sure I'd enjoy having dinner with him. Just as long as we could eat at a table, not in a Toyota. (Apr.)Pamela Kaufman is executive editor at Food & Wine magazine. Copyright © Reed Business Information, a division of Reed Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.From In The Botany of Desire (2001), about how people and plants coevolve, Michael Pollan teased greater issues from speciously small phenomena. The Omnivore's Dilemma exhibits this same gift; a Chicken McNugget, for example, illustrates our consumption of corn and, in turn, agribusiness's oil dependency. In a journey that takes us from an "organic" California chicken farm to Vermont, Pollan asks basic questions about the moral and ecological consequences of our food. Critics agree it's a wake-up call and, written in clear, informative prose, also entertaining. Most found Pollan's quest for his foraged meal the highlight, though the Los Angeles Times faulted Pollan's hypocritical method of "living off the land." Many also voiced a desire for a more concrete vision for the future. But if the book doesn't outline a diet plan, it's nonetheless a loud, convincing call for change.[HTML_REMOVED]Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, Inc.

  • Volkert
    2019-04-10 02:44

    I recently purchased this "Young Readers Edition," for our high school library. The "for kids" label here is a bit misleading, as I believe the best audience for this book is grades 7-12, as well as adults (like me). After I started reading this, I discovered that our agriculture sciences teacher hopes to make this required reading for one of her classes next year.I "devoured" this book (pun intended). I found it to be a very readable introduction into where our food comes from. I personally have been trying to avoid corn products for years, just because I could sense something wrong in my body every time I ate them, but this book helped to explain why.I like Pollan's style in the way he does research and the way he makes this book a personal journey through the world of food. He interviews farmers, works on a sustainable farm, goes hunting and gathering, and he grows his own. After reading this book the word "sustainable" finally makes sense to me in the way he describes the operation at Polyface Farms.I will be recommending this book to any of our students who interested in food or agriculture. But if you are an adult who hasn't read the full version, go ahead and read this one. You'll be glad you did. (February 26, 2010.)

  • Marianna
    2019-04-07 00:24

    Thank you to AudioBookSync.com for gifting this audiobook to me through its summer program. What an amazing adventure!I truly enjoyed listening to this book. I learned so many wonderful facts about the "food chain" for humanity, about industrial farming, and about good quality food in general. I learned how to think about the food I'm eating every day and how I can make a difference every day in the food choices I make for myself and my family. With illness of all sorts on the rise - like diabetes, heart disease, and cancer - it is really important the we take control of our meals and make careful decisions as to the food we eat every day. This book really convinced me that eating organic food is critical, that eating grass fed meats is truly priceless, and that buying from local sustainable farms is really important for my family, the local economy, and the environment. Wonderful learning adventure. I highly recommend this book to everyone of all ages. If you are interested in eating better and healthier, then this book is a must read. Happy Reading!

  • Joséphine (Word Revel)
    2019-04-05 22:47

    Initial thoughts: At first I didn't realise this was the young reader's edition. Oops. I know, I know, it's emblazoned on the cover. Once I got to the introduction, I finally realised, though. I went looking for the original book in audio format on Overdrive. None of my libraries had it, so I continued. In any case, this edition doesn't seem to be dumbed down at, but rather, it's just written with a greater awareness of the audience — eg. teens can't vote but can still have an influence on the economy via their food choices.Some things have changed in the food industry since 2006, the year The Omnivore's Dilemma was first published. A lot of things, however, still are the same. My family's regularly reached for organic food my entire life. I knew that this is good for the reduced chemical intake, but I hadn't thought much of the environmental impact due to transportation, nor did I know that (industrial) organic agriculture can still place tremendous stress on land and soil. While in many instances, it's absolutely healthier still to choose organic, there's much more to be done.This book also made me think even more about my food choices than before. I don't eat fast food often, and rarely ever drink soda. I've avoided HFCS as much as possible for years and am constantly working on reducing industrially processed foods, particularly those that are nothing like their original ingredients.What has left me more conflicted are the options of omnivore, pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan diets. While I'm not exactly fond of the label flexitarian because it essentially still means omnivore food choices, that's where I'm currently at. That's mostly because I'm trying to make sense of what's best for me as well as for the environment but haven't come to a conclusion yet. The Omnivore's Dilemma deepened those inner conflicts but shed a lot of light on the food industry, which in the end, is bound to contribute to my dietary decisions on a longterm basis.

  • Amy Nicole
    2019-04-06 21:31

    This was very interesting, and I learned a bit about the industrial food industry. There were a lot of well researched facts, and I enjoyed reading the little anecdotes about Pollan visiting meat farms, farming vegetables, hunting, foraging for mushrooms, and attempting to cook his own completely environmentally-conscious meal. I hadn't actually thought about the impact that "organic" food has on the environment. If you spend a ton of energy transporting "organic" foods across the globe, then it's really not being a conscious eater. Pollan argues that a kindly raised chicken from a neighborhood farm is more healthy and positive for the world than eating tofu created a couple thousand miles across the country. I agree with him. All that said, this book feels a bit rambly and meandering. There were some things that I felt he elaborated on a bit too much (we get it - cows don't digest corn. it's bad. let's not spend 2 chapters talking about it) and some things seemed so off topic (the info on fungi was interesting, but felt like a massive shift in tone). There were also some parts that were overly romanticized ("we ate corn that was picked JUST that morning! incredible! this is the best way to eat corn! so pure!") and sensationalized, but overall an interesting read.

  • Diana
    2019-03-30 22:35

    So somehow when I placed a hold to read this e-book on my phone I didn't realize it was the "Young Readers edition". I'd hate to think it's for "Kids" though. Yikes. I read it anyway. I don't know how much the topics differ in the original but it was interesting. The first third of the book is all about corn corn and a side of corn so if you know about that already, you can skip that. I'm tired of hearing about "omg did you know our society is based on corn and everything is made from corn and omg." I don't know who brought it to mainstream first though, so maybe Pollan deserves the credit. :-) I liked reading about Pollan's adventures attempting to farm, hunt, and forage. I wish I could've had the meals he prepared so that I too could experience what "beyond organic" eggs and chicken, etc. taste like. Maybe I'd be convinced that I could afford to make the effort to shop at farmer's markets if I just tried it once. I will at least be picking up some grass fed chicken eggs the next time I can!

  • Kristel
    2019-04-06 03:37

    The young readers version of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals was available as a free download from AudioFile Sync summer program. It was a good review because it has been a few years since I read the adult version. I think this book is a good one for young people to read so they can make informed decisions and the author encourages them to be informed so they can vote with their pocketbooks and food choices. I am also reading Forks Over Knives: The Plant-Based Way to Health at the same time and just finished Lab Girl so I am getting quite the course in plants. I started eating a plant based diet April 1 and have never felt better in a long time, not since I was eating a minimal meat diet in the 90s.

  • Christina V.
    2019-04-21 23:34

    In the Afterowrd of this book, Pollan says, "It's always better to know more rather than less, even when that knowledge complicates your life." Reading this book has truly opened my eyes to the world of the industrial food chain. This is definitely saying something, considering I've already watched some documentaries that have exposed the evils of the industrial food chain. Pollan's book was able to give me more knowledge and it will definitely help me make better food decisions in the future. I've been a pescatarian for a little over 2 years now, and the book really made me question why exactly I had become one. Initially, it was an animal rights issue. I had watched a documentary that showed how awfully industrial farmers treat the animals that will eventually be slaughtered for our food. I refused to support a system that thrived off of any type of suffering and cruelty. In Pollan's search of where our food comes from, he wrote a chapter about a TRUE organic farm - "a beyond organic" farm. Here, animals are treated humanely and live happily. The natural order of things are preserved and nature is respected. In these cases, would I be against eating animals? it definitely created a new dilemma for me - one that I haven't been able to solve. I love books that get me thinking and this was definitely one that succeeded in doing that. I would recommend this book for anyone who wants to be more educated and knowledgeable about the industrial food system and anyone who is or wants to be more self-conscious. We never think about what we are actually putting into our bodies and the majority of it is unhealthy and overly processed. This book will help you be more aware and also make you feel more connected with your food. I encourage everybody to give this book a try!

  • Sean Goh
    2019-04-18 00:42

    Big Agri outsources its costs to cheap govt-subsidised feed (from corn), fossil fuel calories (fertilizer, transport and processing) and thus the environment, and animal suffering. Whether you think its an ok trade-off is up to you. But at least be aware of how your food is produced. A conscious consumer is a conscientious consumer."There's money to be made in food, unless you're trying to grow it.The growth strategy of food companies has two end-points: Either they make us eat more (limited by size of human stomach), or they convince us to pay more, by 'adding value'.Fast food is a food substitute. It only fills you. It does not satisfy.When your animals have access to the outdoors (might simply be a small door outside), most of the time they don't (or can't) use it.Organic is no guarantee that the animals have lived a non-factory farmed life.The most morally troubling thing about killing chickens is that after a while it is no longer morally troubling.Cooking changes the animal we eat, and gives us some distance from the reality of the slaughterhouse.Domestic animals cannot survive by themselves in the wild.Maybe that is one way the cook celebrates his ingredients, by wasting as little as possible and making the most of whatever the food has to offer.Eating with awareness is one of the basic joys of life, and you don't have to hunt your own food to do so.

  • Suzanne
    2019-04-25 03:34

    Turns out the word dilemma has several definitions according to Merriam Webster online: 1)an argument presenting two or more equal alternatives, 2) an undesirable choice, 3) a problem involving conflict about a difficult or persistent problem. This book is on the Engage New York reading curriculum for eighth graders, and since my school would like us to try this curriculum, I read the book. According to its spine label, it is non-fiction, 338.1 according to Melville Dewey. From its first pages, it became apparent that I would be questioning Michael Pollan's "story."I live and teach in the mid-west. I grew up on a farm and married a farmer.The title of the first chapter is "How Corn Took Over America." We live in an area GREEN with corn raised under center pivots. I began to think I might have a dilemma on my hands if I had to teach this book!I teach students to document borrowed information and especially to document information that is something they did not know before their research. Documentation gives credit to the author or source of borrowed information and makes the information real and believable. Statistics and facts are NOT just made up, so it is important to internally source them, or footnotes them, or document them in some other way. This is standard in a NON-FICTION book. Also standard in non-fiction is the use of factual details and language. This book is quite obviously from the beginning more of a persuasive story complete with persuasive language about topics the author disapproves of.Many facts and figures are given throughout the text, most without internal sourcing or footnotes. For all I know the book contains facts, but without direct sourcing, how do I know the information is not just made up? Yes, there is a list of sources by chapter in the back of the book; however, it is not clear which source or page the information came from. I did find the book an interesting read, a little like watching a rattlesnake standing far enough away from it not to be hurt. But without direct sourcing, I cannot take this novel seriously! I am anxious to find out if the Engage New York Module cites this as factual or uses as a poor example of citation of what could be factual information. The content will definitely make for lively classroom discussion here in a farming and ranching community. My dilemma will be whether to share my views or just let the students figure it out on their own.

  • Peter
    2019-03-26 00:22

    The Omnivore's Dilemma is a fantastic book for people young and old to help make them more critical of our food supply chain and what exactly we're eating. When Dan Barber called The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food Omnivore's Dilemma 2.0, I had to delve in and see what the fuss is about. The similarities are obvious but the books have decidedly different tones. While The Third Plate focuses mostly on growth as a function of flavor, Omnivore's Dilemma tackles our supply chain and takes a critical look at industrial food as well as industrial organic food. "But organic food is good for the world!" That's easy to think but more difficult in reality. Yes, it's grown in a far more earth-friendly way, but shipping lettuce 1,500 miles to my door isn't exactly good for the planet.Though I disappointingly got a copy of the Young Readers Edition, I'm pretty sure all it did was boil down the facts from the full version. The message here is to stop putting so much garbage into your body, and to do your part to help farms become happier, better, more financially-stable places. Yes, convenience has its place, but ultimately we only have one planet and one body, so we have to treat each the best that we can. The 4 star review is mostly due to comparison with The Third Plate (which I enjoyed more due to it's larger subject matter) as well as the writing (most likely due to the Young Readers Edition).

  • Alana
    2019-03-25 21:20

    The Omnivore's Dilemma"What's for lunch?" This is possibly one of the most commonly asked questions, but do you really know? Perhaps more importantly, do you really want to know? In our modern lives, corn has become the dominant ingredient of almost all foods. While this may be hard to believe (since you probably don't have a corn-on-the-cob everyday), you are eating large amounts of corn, in a different form, each day. For example, there is corn in most foods, from Twinkies to soda and even steak, corn is snuggled into our food. In Michael Pollan’s book,The Omnivore's Dilemma, Pollan gives the reader the “raw” truth regarding the edible food-like substances that enter our mouths everyday. The book leads the reader through the modern industrial food chain, beginning with a description of where and how corn is grown and processed into the food that fills our bellies. The book gives us a peek behind the food factory doors and let’s us discover the secret behind what we really eat. When I first picked up and started glancing through The Omnivore’s Dilemma, my first thought was that this book was written to motivate people to eat more healthily. Although that may have been a concept Michael Pollan wanted to perceive, I found The Omnivore's Dilemma to be highly intriguing. With each page, Pollan gives the reader an understanding of what modern food consists of and how it is produced – in effect, he tells the reader what is really entering his or her mouth when eating “food”. It helped me understand that, even if food seems to taste or look good, the food may not be good for our stomachs. It also showed me that having a good understanding of how food is made is important (and probably essential) to being able to choose healthy things to eat each day. For instance, Pollan explains that grass-fed beef is better to eat than corn-fed beef, in part, because of the terribly unhealthy, crammed conditions that corn-fed cows are forced to endure (in contrast to the wide-open plains that grass-fed cows graze on). Pollan describes the omnivore's dilemma through the problems of industrial food, food from corn, food from grass, and even organic food. According to Pollan, the dilemma is essentially this -- today we are given such a wide variety of foods, that it is difficult (perhaps more than it’s ever been) for us to choose the right foods. Pollen shows us what’s right to eat and the story behind each food, in a straightforward, fun and fact-filled book. This 300-page book is filled with pictures, side notes, and diagrams that help make it accessible to audiences of ages nine through fifteen. (For older audiences, the book is available in an adult version.) Anyone looking for an informative, truthful, and possibly grossing book has found the jackpot. By the time I was at the last page, The Omnivore's Dilemma had helped me understand the fascinating and complicated puzzle of what was on my plate and how it came to be. The Omnivore's Dilemma opened my eyes to the truth of food and the food dilemma of humans, of omnivores, of us.

  • Elaine
    2019-03-27 03:48

    I'm upgrading this to 4 stars. I think it has really impacted me, enough to look for grass-fed/pastured meat and eggs and not buy industrial meat. With how much it has affected my thinking, I figured it should be 4 stars rather than 3. Definitely thought-provoking as it showed the different ways our food comes to us. I already avoid high-fructose corn syrup and buy organic when I can, so this wasn't life-changing for me, but it does make me rethink where my meat comes from. it also introduced me to the farming philosophy that really intrigued me, going beyond organic in how they keep the farm sustainable by carefully orchestrating where and when cattle and chickens feed so that the grass isn't destroyed,and grass and animals are nourished by raising them according to natural behavior-I'm really excited to read more by that farmer (Salatin) now. After reading some of the details about killing the animals for meat, I thought about going vegetarian, but I know I won't because I'd miss certain dishes too much, but I think I will probably be more likely to look for grass fed beef (we don't cook beef much anyway), or free range chickens from small local farms. Or just cut down on our meat consumption. It was interesting to read about how "organic" may not really translate to humanely-treated when its industrialized organic farming. I'm also inspired to try to grow more vegetables this year in our garden. All in all, it was a well-presented book, and even entertaining at times, and I'm impressed the author went to such lengths to experience where different foods came from and honest about the feelings and thoughts he had as he went through his journey. Had some great diagrams and charts and photos that really helped supplement the reading.

  • Helen Tran
    2019-03-31 00:42

    I read the Omnivores Dilemma in the summer for the summer homework. I thought it was most interesting out of all the other two books to choose from. When I read the blurbs of the books, I thought it would be interesting to read a book about what is in the most common foods we eat. As i read the first few pages, Pollan puzzled readers and said something like "When we go to the supermarket there are many things but still one." He meant that there are alot of things in the supermarket, but it is all corn. CORN. The readers think, "Corn? CORN? I don't see any corn in the supermarkets except for the veggies section." Well, Pollan explains. He says that since it is easier for corn to be grown than other natural crops, it is grown more often, now even more. Corn is used for things like eating. But it also used to feed cows and make junk food. Hint, hint, corn chips sound healthy when they aren't. Its all corn and preservatives! You learn all this in the first few chapters in the book. It is really informative and tells you to think about what you are eating in your everyday life. We reply on nutrition labels and out senses to decide whether to eat something we find. But we really don't know if what the label says or what our senses says is true. Thats why I decided that reading this book was a great idea, and it was. Even if you don't finish half the book, you still get helpful information about the foods we eat today. Pollan also briefly mentions irony in our government. He says that the government wants us to eat healthier, but then they advertise junk food and lower junk food prices so people buy it more. I thought it was pretty interesting to have a look at Pollan's thoughts and food. Therefore, this book is really good to read because Pollan speaks directly to you, and is informative and makes the book attracting.

  • Mashfee Alam
    2019-03-27 00:21

    Micheal Pollin did a great job on surprising and giving great facts about the food market today and what it really is. He explains how most things aren't what they say to be. He is also very elaborate on his ideas and doesn't leave many things out. The book is hard to put down because more and more great facts keep on coming as you progress through the book. Pollin did a good job on interesting the readers. The facts it gave on certain foods were mind-blowing and the only way to find out about them is to read the book. This is what makes readers interested in this books. The book is also organized and talks about many differents ideas instead of just sticking to one. All of the ideas are worth mentioning. I would reccomend this book to people who like learning about facts they probably didn't know and putting deep thought into them to figure out more things. I wouldn't recmmend it to people who find some facts a little too mind-blowing.

  • Ryan Guerbi
    2019-04-06 02:32

    In the Novel “The Omnivore's Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Readers Edition”, is about a journalist /detective who goes behind the scenes to find out what really is in our food and how it got there. In order for our food, to well be food. it has to go through a 4-step-procedure. The novel shows the little pay farmers get for their work and how they have to treat each of their animals differently depending on which meal they will further be used for. The plant or animal taken away from its herd changes its identity of being a plant or animal almost immediately. For example corn is in almost everything we eat. It can go from things you may eat for breakfast to things you may eat for a little snack. Have you ever had a nice donuts. Well, in a donuts more than half of it is made from corn!! read the book to find out about other life time supply ingredients you eat every day!!This book is recommended to anyone who has ever been curious about what is actually in what you eat, and what is the process it takes to become what it is. Overall, this book was really interesting and is recommended for all ages.

  • Jonathan M.
    2019-03-31 04:32

    I was browsing through Ms. Paese's library when I stumbled upon a purple book with a face consisting of apples as eyes, a mushroom as a nose, and a banana as a mouth. It seemed like an interesting book to read so I decided to sign it out. There were also a lot of copies of this book and it was hard to choose one, so I chose the first one on the stack. One thing that impressed me was how the author used difficult words selectively and chose easy words for us to read. He seems to recognize who the audience is. Another thing that impressed me was the number of things I did not know before which is included in the following: Information about the chicken we eat, where and how we get our beef from, and that almost everything we eat contains some amount of corn. I was shocked at how corn is used even more than the way we know how it looks, by eating it on a cob. “We are not only what we eat, but how we eat, too.” This is a representation of a theme or a lesson learned, because we know the quote "you are what you eat" but now we have to incorporate the way we eat. By "the way we eat" I mean that that more and more people are lining up at McDonald's or at any other fast food restaurant and ordering a burger and a side of french fries to eat in fifteen minutes. That is the reason why busy families don't get the chance to have a family dinner, that's home-cooked. I learned from this book that it is more better, and healthier, if I eat home-cooked food and eat McDonald's as a treat every once in a while.

  • Leigh Collazo
    2019-04-17 04:26

    More reviews at Mrs. ReaderPants.Okay, so this is a book review, but there's a lot of story behind why I read this book, and I very much want to share it. I started to include the story of how I went from "I'll eat anything if it tastes good" to "no more soda" to vegetarianism to veganism. All in less than one year. But as I wrote that into this review, it started to feel less like a review and more like a story of my family's dramatic dietary changes over the past two months. To keep this review actually about the book, I will post my story in another post in a few days.REVIEW: The author of this book, Michael Pollan, appears in the documentary Food, Inc., which was the first of my food documentary binge a couple of weeks ago. The Omnivore's Dilemma does not advocate for a vegan diet in particular; rather, it follows our food from where it begins (industrial farms) to where it ends up (on our plates). There is some detail about the care and treatment of animals raised for meat on industrial farms. The book includes plenty of detail about how the animals we eat are kept in filthy, crowded pens and fed corn, something their bodies are not designed to digest. Babies are separated from their mothers early and pumped with antibiotics, which in turn, go into our bodies when we eat these poor animals.My favorite part of this book is Pollan's assertion that almost all the food we eat in the USA comes from government-subsidized corn. Soft drinks, batteries, glue, dog food, artificial sweetener, coffee creamer, ketchup, marshmallows...all are made from corn. Supermarkets in the US have tens of thousands of different products, but the majority of them are corn-derivatives. With all that corn in our food, how diverse are our diets, really?I do think this book does a good job breaking down food science for teen readers, and I would purchase it for my library (we also have the book Food, Inc). It will not be the most popular book in the library, but it's a must-read for teens interested in nutrition and health. It's an easy, engaging read for teens and adults who want to know more about the food they eat. My only criticism is that at 400 pages, The Omnivore's Dilemma is overlong. I think Mr. Pollan makes his point well, but I felt a little "beat over the head" with it. Maybe I feel that way because by the time I read it, I was already 100% sold on the vegan diet. I had already watched Food, Inc, as well as five other food documentaries. I had already read The China Study, which is a big part of the Forks Over Knives documentary. It wasn't going to take much to convince me that the American food industry isn't designed to be healthy for human consumption. It's all a money-making machine that could care less if Americans are fat and sick. THEMES: health, nutrition, food industry, corn THE BOTTOM LINE: The Omnivore's Dilemma gives teen readers a glimpse into the food industry in an easy-to-understand, engaging way. It won't be the most popular book in the library, but it's a must-read for students interested in nutrition and health. STATUS IN MY LIBRARY: We do not have it, but I will order it eventually. My current library has so many needs, and this book is not my priority right now. RATING BREAKDOWN: Presentation and layout: 4/5--It's mostly text-based, but every few pages include a photo or infographicQuality of information: 4/5--Contains lots of detailed information, but it does get a little repetitive.Photos, illustrations, infographics: 5/5--The text is nicely broken-up with photos and infographics. I like the inclusion of bulleted lists on spiral notebook graphics Documentation of sources: 5/5--Includes an extensive list of sources at the end, broken down by chapter. Front and back matter: 5/5--Contains a preface, introduction, tips for eating section, extensive bibliography, and interview with Michael PollanWriting: 4/5--a bit long-winded, especially for a teen audienceEngrossing: 4/5--I had a hard time putting it down, but I did also skim some parts. Appeal to target audience: 3/5--As much as I would like them to, I don't see many teens picking this up on their own. I do see many adults enjoying it, as well as teens interested in health and nutrition. Appropriate length: 4/5--400 pages is a little lengthy for this topic.CONTENT:Language: noneSexuality: none Violence: mild-medium--some description of poor treatment of industrial farm animalsDrugs/Alcohol: very mild; some references to animal and human medicines

  • Kat
    2019-04-18 04:22

    First impression of this book: I suddenly want to buy about 20 acres or so of land and just grow my own food.I'm only slightly kidding there. I've always been a backyard gardener, partly because my mom had a garden growing up, partly because I like playing in the dirt, and partly because I've always felt food I've grown myself tastes better. This book made me understand why the food tastes better, and why I like gardening so much. The idea that we eat healthier when we have a closer connection to our food is one of the foundations of this book. I won't go into every single thing the book mentions, particularly since I live in Indiana (where corn is king and I might get lynched for speaking out against industrial corn).Simple fact: most of our "food" today is so processed and far removed from actual food that our great-grandparents wouldn't even recognize the stuff as food. Almost everything we buy is sweetened somehow, and that didn't used to be so.Here's the ultimate result of my reading this book: I'm going to read labels a lot more carefully when I shop, I'm going to try to change some of the things I buy when I'm in stores to things that are less processed, I'm going to try to shop local farmers' markets more, I'm going to be a fiend in the garden this year. Any book that can make me actually vow to do these things deserves 5 stars in my book.

  • Giulia
    2019-04-19 00:35

    Loved the book, some parts made me gag, some made me feel good about the smaller food chains in our country. But living in a city can make it difficult to have access to local sustainable or organic foods, while at the same time it can make it easier. However, every food item or edible-food-like-substance I see, I am afraid to eat it because all I can think about is "What did this orange go through to get to me? Or that bag of peanuts? Or the chicken that laid these eggs that's in my breakfast?" I can't really trust anything anymore. But I'm going to read his next book, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, and see if that gives me any answers.Merged review:Loved the book, some parts made me gag, some made me feel good about the smaller food chains in our country. But living in a city can make it difficult to have access to local sustainable or organic foods, while at the same time it can make it easier. However, every food item or edible-food-like-substance I see, I am afraid to eat it because all I can think about is "What did this orange go through to get to me? Or that bag of peanuts? Or the chicken that laid these eggs that's in my breakfast?" I can't really trust anything anymore. But I'm going to read his next book, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, and see if that gives me any answers.

  • Gabi Park
    2019-04-07 03:48

    This Review Has Spoilers. Do Not Read If Want To Read An Unheard About Book. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED....This book was about corn. Corn, corn, corn. coooooorrrrrrnnnnnnnn. Everything, literally, was about corn. Why corn is the most planted food in the states, the cows and chickens are fed this 'corn' thing so chicken nuggets are corn wrapped in corn. And also, the cows have been fed cow brains once. I made a HUDGE mistake of reading that while eating meat. COW MEAT. Well, I don't mind corn eating cows. But BRAIN eating cows? Meh, I didn't freak out. I'm kidding, I felt like throwing up. So please don't read this while eating, especially cow meat. Now that I think about this, what I have eaten for 12 years are about half corn. And maybe a few meat-eating cows.While I was reading this book, I learned that about 1/4 of McNuggets or McDonalds, I forgot, foods are made with corn. Wow, more corn. Now, we are coming to the end of the world......not the world, the review. First, never read this book while eating cow meat. Do they call it beef? I forgot.... Second! Let's like corn, we might die of starvation if we don't. EVERYTHING IS COOORRRRNNNN! Remember that. We are what we eat. Yup, we might be.

  • WonjunChoi
    2019-04-08 01:39

    This is the best non-fiction book I have read. Also the best book I have read in YRC (after The Fault in our Stars). I really do not like non fiction books. However this book was different. I could give ten stars to this book if I could. As i fliped the pages of this book i got more and more interested so i could not shut the book. This book gave me interesting facts about food. I was really surprised that a quarter of foods in the supermarket contains corn and the food I eat is contained with corn. The interesting fact about this book is that the book was not just give the facts. If he book only gave the facts the book would have got boring and I would not have read it. However this book was based on the authors journey (to the poly face farm,earthbound farms,etc)and working on the farm, hunting. For me it was like watching a documentary. The thing that was different from the other books is that it contained a card called michael pollan's food rules which was interesting. The thing i did not like was that at the first page of this book it says this book just might change your life so i hoped that it would change my eating habits. However for me it did not. I think I will keep on eating unhealthy stuff like coke, hamburgers,fries and of course instant noodles. So for me this book did not change my life at allOverall i really liked this book. I would recommend this to any people who are interested in food. However I want to tell you that this book will not change your life at all. You wont eat 100% organic stuff always.

  • Emily
    2019-04-26 00:30

    This book topic was really unbelievable. Nobody would trust that the book is totally about CORN. But this book was CORN. It was quite boring too, however, it was definitely new, interesting, and shocking. The book had parts that gave knowledge about farming, organic, animal, and even hunting. Nevertheless, the story about corn gave me the biggest impact. First of all, the story of corn astonished me. I did not know how much corn was contained in our food. Not only in our food but everything surrounding us. Batteries, diapers, vitamins etc. Corn caused a big influence on human's health, economy, and even life. What I knew for corn was the vegetable that we eat for barbecue, can corn, or just eating boiled corn. However, there was an unimaginable variety for a thing called 'corn.' In that wide variety, there were good elements too but absolutely there were elements that give us adverse effects. I am an omnivore. Before and also after reading this book, the dilemma for the omnivores always follows. For example, we think about whether this is a healthy food and worry about being unhealthy. Before we get into this dilemma, even though the dilemma would not disappear, I recommend reading this book. It would help you to find the right way for making and getting food.

  • Stephanie
    2019-04-11 23:20

    It's been a few years since I read the original Omnivore's Dilemma, and I had a somewhat difficult time pinpointing the differences between the two versions. I think this version perhaps has more illustrations and sidebars, and there are a few paragraphs at the end which speak specifically to teens. It's still a challenging book, though, especially in content. Pollan doesn't sugarcoat the industrial food system for young people...which is probably a good thing. This book is definitely for a more mature reader-maybe it should have been called "Young Adult Edition." I'm not sure most teens would find it entertaining enough to keep them reading for 300 pages, though maybe if the topic were already of interest to them. Our library happens to shelve it in the Juvenile section, which is probably inappropriate, but since the Teen non-fiction is interfiled with Adult, it would just get lost there anyway.When I requested this book, I thought that it would be much more different from the original version. I'd still love to see a book by Pollan aimed at grade-schoolers. By the time they're teens, kids have already established their ways of eating.

  • Emily
    2019-04-24 22:19

    I am the great-grandaughter of Joseph E. Wing, the "Alfalfa King" who brought alfalfa from the west to the midwest. His agricultuaral breakthroughs made our family farm, now run by my twin brother in its 5th generation, a thriving and prosperous way of life. I don't think that Joe pictured the farm becoming one of the High-fructose corn syrup factories that is has become. Sadly, as this book illustrates all too well, most farms today just don't have a choice. We grow very little alfalfa on the family farm now, and no longer have cows or sheep. The first part of this book was a real downer, but the sustainable local farm movement can give us all hope. We have kept quite a bit of pastureland and I can picture those grassy acres someday used for grazing once again. Similarly, most people I know now have their own gardens and we have 23 egg chickens in our backyard. Books such as this are a must for all communities to read and discuss. This will go into my school library and I will recommend it to the Vo-Ag department as required reading for all students. This is information too important to miss. The best part is - there is hope!

  • Josh McCormack
    2019-04-01 05:27

    A great book that makes you really think about where your food comes from, and where in agriculture our money goes, both taxes and grocery spending. Without feeling like an agenda driven manifesto Pollan walks us through various food production systems - from big agriculture, which makes thousands of foods nearly entirely out of corn, to big organic, to sustainable farm and hunting and gathering. Thankfully friends of my family have read things like this before and helped us modify our diet. I'm looking forward to working on it even more. I highly recommend this book to everyone, since we all eat, and we should all be considering what we eat. Not sure how I ended up with the Young Readers Edition, but I think other than some little suggestions here and there about how to influence your parents or what not, it's likely the same as the version for grown ups. :)

  • Lily
    2019-04-07 04:22

    {4.5} To be honest, I was a little scared to read this book, because I didn't want it to change my perspective of meat so drastically that I wouldn't ever want to eat it again. Instead, it made me much more conscious of how processed the food I was eating was, and where my meat was coming from (what kind of a life it was living beforehand). Despite the seemingly dull subject, this keep was incredibly captivating and interesting. I really liked how present the author's voice was, and how he was learning about where food came from just as the reader was. The first half of the book definitely confirmed my already present apprehensions about fast food and soda, and really made me feel disappointed in America for doing so much unnecessary damage to the environment. However, the section about grass-farming and sustainable farms really lifted my spirits, and was truly fun to read. My new knowledge makes me so happy when I buy dairy products or eggs from farms like the Polyface farm, and knowing that I'm supporting something so beneficial for Earth, animals, and people. I truly understand the importance of grass-fed meat, and feel so much more motivated to visit my farmers market. Finally, the section where Michael Pollan hunted his own meal brought up so many important thoughts, and helped my realize that hunting your own meat wasn't the evil in itself. It is over-hunting for pleasure, meat that people don't need, species that are almost extinct, that is the most harmful. Overall, I'm so glad I read this book and gained a new perspective on all the types of food I'm eating, and supporting by purchasing.