corn, your delicious beverage has been sweetened with high-fructose corn syrup, all your tasty fried products have been fried in corn oil, your beer has been fermented from corn. All things are corn!!!
Bet you didn’t know. In fact, bet there are lots of things you didn’t know, about food and where it comes from and what it’s made up of and how it’s made and what we should be eating and why. And that, my friends, is the omnivore’s dilemma. There are SO MANY THINGS TO EAT, and as food production becomes more and more industrialized, we are losing touch with our roots, so to speak.
The Omnivore’s Dilemma started off a bit pokey, what with a Dissertation of Corn and ancient vs. modern farming techniques and where is he going with this and why should I care? But then, because it does X to the environment and Y to the economy and Z to our bodies and again, who knew?
Mostly I like eating and I’m brain-lazy, which is why I never bothered to ask things like What the hell does ‘organic’ really mean? And why is grain-fed beef better for me? And wouldn’t it be fun to cook an entire meal from food sources I have hunter-gathered myself? (nothing really any more; it isn’t; hells no) Which is why I’m grateful for other people.
So thank you, Michael Pollan, for figuring all these things. This probably won’t change the way I eat too drastically (because again, lazy. Also, poor) but it will probably change the way I think about what I eat.