The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Part 1- Review-Industrial: Corn
July 21, 2013
Part 1-Industrial: Corn
After reading chapters 1-4, I decided to do my first review of the Omnivore’s Dilemma on part 1 – Industrial: Corn.
Michael Pollan’s begins his first chapter with contextual information of how most of the people living in America buy their food from supermarkets, and as Michael Pollan, mentions in this chapter of his book Omnivore’s Dilemma that supermarkets are “America’s corn-fed food chains that look like a complete disaster”. The writer explains to the readers how the cornucopia of the American supermarket present to us a confusing food scenario, with its air conditioning, fluorescent lighting, and freezers packed with frozen food that ensure the consumer about their nutritious content.
Many parents in America are feeding their families with the frozen meal replacements, instead of utilizing fresh vegetables, fruits, and fresh ingredients to provide their families with better choices healthy ones not easy ones. I see the writer’s point of view, and it is not hard to understand why entire families are constantly getting sick due to their poor choices, and diets. I agree with Michael Pollan in some of his findings, after all we are what we eat, and if we feed ourselves products that come from corn, we are a corn society no different from the Mayan .With a great sense of humor, Michael Pollan illustrates with facts, inviting his readers to consider as example the chicken nugget. As we, all know chicken nuggets are made of chickens that are feed with corn. These small pieces of chicken are covered with cornstarch, eggs, milk, corn flour, and immediately fry on corn oil. To my surprise even, the Jell-O has cornstarch as one of its ingredients, the tomato paste, spaghetti sauce, plastic bags, paper plates, and even dog’s food contains corn.
Corn is everywhere in our lives, the manufacturing...