I am impressed the length a journalist could go in order to sort out the food system in USA.
And, oh... I finally understand why the corn farmers in USA get so much subsidies but still go bankrupcy! The government is not subsidizing corn farmer, the money make corn cheap, and eventually go to those big companies like Cocacola and McDonald's....
And, those "free-range chicken" is really a joke! The chicken are required to "have access to green", so they have a small door to a small patch of grass, which keep locked until the chicken are 5 weeks old. They get killed at 7 weeks, but they don't care to go out for adventure in these 2 weeks since all food and water are indoor, and they are conditioned to the inside environment....
The author's argument on morality of eating animal is very enlightening too! From the ecological point of view, their must be "killer" in order to check the population of those grass gazers. If there are no evil, blood-thirsty fox, the cute innocent rabbit will overflow the land, eat all grass, fruits and destroy the whole ecosystem!
But... does the author think too much? He even ask the question if picking mushroom would hurt the plant.... My god! He is such a total American! Having no food hurt and kill human too........Continua
I'm not going to lie, upon first picking up this book I thought it was going to be yet another diatribe on fast food, with the ultimate conclusion that we should all live off of celery and spend our days throwing burning bricks through slaughterhouse windows. As I got into the first few chapters, however, I realized I was being presented with something far more logical. Michael Pollan takes a peek at our food culture from a personal, a philosophical, a political, and a biological standpoint. He provides not only a greater understanding of the food we eat everyday, but also highlights the value of this understanding. I feel that after reading this book, I not only find myself compelled to eat differently, but also to think differently; the effect of this book is very powerful, and I would recommend the book to anyone who has qualms about the food they eat in a heartbeat....Continua