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Discussion of The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan

1.When Pollan went from the question, "What should I eat?" to "What am I eating?" what did he discover about food commonly sold in the supermarket?
2. How do Mexicans differ from Americans in the way they view corn?
3. Where does American corn come from and why is it such a good crop?

Section 2 Ch 8-10
1. What does Pollan like about Joel Salatin's farm?
2. Explain what Salatin means when he describes himself as a grass farmer.
3. What is Salatin's philosophy about growing food, and why doesn't he like the term "organic"?

Section 3 Ch 15-17
1. What did Pollan hope to learn by hunting and gathering his own food?
2. Who is Angelo and what qualifies him to teach Pollan?
3. Talk about Pollan's first experience gathering a mushroom

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1. He began to research where our food comes from and what is really in our food. Food sold in the supermarket is industrialized, meaning it is processed beyond recognition.
2. Corn or maize is a staple in the Mexican diet, Americans use it as filler in processed foods. Americans on an industrialized diet consume more corn than Mexicans, as corn is found in virtually everything. Cheap corn or overproduced, subsidized, industrial corn is the biggest legal cash crop in America.
3. Corn is produced in the Midwest, and is overproduced and over consumed. Processed surplus corn is used in everything ...

Solution Summary

Discussion of Michael Pollan's book, The Omnivore's Dilemma. Includes discussion on industrialized food, where it comes from, how corn is a staple in processed foods, the dilemma of farmers and government regulations, holistic farming methods and sustainable hunting and gathering methods.