Along with air, water, and energy, food gives us life, so it is one of our highest values. As a result, Michael Pollan has become one of our favorite authors. An investigative reporter with a naturalist’s eye, he examines our current situation with regard to food. As omnivores, we humans are faced with a daily dilemma: what do we eat? In the The Ominvore’s Dilemma, Michael Pollan investigates the human food chains that represent our modern-day choices: industrial agriculture and animal farming, corporate organic agriculture, local and sustainable farming, and wild food foraging in the style of the hunter-gatherer. His latest book, In Defense of Food offers simple, memorable advice: Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

Pollan steps outside of so-called objective journalism to get personally involved with his subject whether buying a steer bound for the feedlot, treating his family to a fastfood McDonalds dinner consumed in their car, or hunting a wild pig and gathering morels to prepare dinner for his foraging friends. Reading this book will change the way you think about food. Is corn taking over the world? Since we are what we eat, you owe it to yourself to be informed. You can’t go wrong with Pollan’s careful research, naturalist perspective, and delicious writing style.

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