Michael Pollan is on the front lines in the battle to change the way we eat. He is a journalist with amazing research skills who went on a mission to find out where our food comes from and the effects of how we produce food on the environment, economy, politics and human health. He has written several books and I have read them all, but the Omnivore’s Dilemma is IMHO, the most comprehensive look at food issues today. If you have a desire to know more about the hows and whys of food production, you should start with this book.
In my opinion, any thinking person who eats food in America that hasn’t read this book, really should. A quote from the book explains why, “Is it possible that history will someday judge us as harshly as it judges the Germans who went about their lives in the shadow of Treblinka?”
I’m not a food nazi by any means. I eat fast food, I eat vegetables out of season, I drink wine from France and use olive oil from Italy. I do, however, think about where my food comes and how it is produced and this book has helped me decide where I stand on the issue and how much and what kinds of my food intake should be sourced locally. I work full time and have a house and animals to care for and am as busy as the next person at the drive through at McDonald’s. There are days when fast food or no food are my only options. I am attempting to work my way towards a more sustainable existence little by little. Everyone has to make their own decision based on budget, time and knowledge. This book can start you on the road to that knowledge.