Thursday, April 15, 2010

Omnivore's Dilemma Ch. 6/7

Toward the end of Ch. 7 (pg. 117), Pollan asks, “Why should it matter that we have 
become a race of corn eaters such as the world has never seen?  Is this necessarily a bad thing?”  
How would Pollan likely answer these questions?  You? 

Omnivore's Dilemma Ch. 4/5

Explain the concept of an “industrial eater.” 

Think about your own eating habits.  Are the food processing companies successful in their 
tactics for overcoming your ability to eat a fixed maximum of food each year?  How?/How not? 

Omnivore's Dilemma Ch. 3

Explain the differences between corn as food and corn as a commodity.  Who had driven this 
shift to commodity and how? What effects might this commodification of corn have on our health? 

Sunday, April 11, 2010

The Omnivore's Dilemma: Chapter 2

Comment on the role of government policies in shaping corn production in the United States today; who are the winners and losers? What could/should be done at a governmental level to improve our food system? What global ramifications might this have?

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Omnivore's Dilemma Ch. 1

Please comment on something that you found to be particularly surprising in the first chapter (and introduction) of The Omnivore's Dilemma.

You can also watch this video of Michael Pollan on last Monday's Daily Show!