Thursday, June 29, 2006

The Omnivore's Dilemma - a review

I just finished _The Omnivore's Dilemma ( A Natural History of Four Meals)_ by Michael Pollan. I highly recommend it to anyone who eats. I have been aware of many of the horrors of our industrial food system in this country but after reading this book am now determined to almost never eat meat or chicken (outside of that that is humanely raised, grass-fed and relatively humanely killed by farmers that we know). In addition, the processed food business! Even the organic part of this political creation... I am glad that we grow our own food and that I have the time to cook and freeze it.

I hope I haven't frightened anyone away from reading this book. It is not all gloom and doom. His writing is just wonderful. He writes about foraging for mushrooms and I learned of a whole underground world of fungi that I never knew was so fascinating nor how all important this world is to some people! Another section of the book that I particularly loved was the chapter describing his visit to Joel Salatin's wholesome grass-fed animal farm in VA.

I'll stop. He writes much better than I ever will. Please read this book.