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The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals
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on April 29, 2015
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Fascinating read.
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on April 29, 2015
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For people who are interested in learning about where their food really comes from, this is an excellent book. I will warn you, this book will make you disgusted... But in this case I don't believe that is a bad thing.
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on April 27, 2015
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This book is a must read for anyone that can read!
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on April 26, 2015
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I love the book so far. My review has to do with the Kindle edition specifically. I am guessing that the print edition is not so full of typographical and grammatical errors.

I am trying to like e-books, really I am. The convenience factor has sucked me into using an e-reader, but the errors in the Kindle editions of many books, including this one, are very distracting, unprofessional, and frankly inexcusable. Use subeditors, Amazon, and let me know when you decide to start.
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on April 26, 2015
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For anyone with a food conscience this will hopefully open your eyes and widen your horizons to the flawed industrial food system we all live within to some extent. This book is a very informative analysis of our current food system and how the actions of corporations coupled with historical events have indirectly led to the current health epidemics afflicting society.
Where we are heading in regards to food is anyone's guess but this book should help inform all of us to make better decisions when purchasing produce and subsequently improve our health.
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on April 22, 2015
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very helpful
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on April 21, 2015
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I listened to the book on tape. Great information. It helped clarify my options on several important issues.
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on April 20, 2015
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interesting book
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on April 19, 2015
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Back in 2002, our sweet 2-year-old son was a victim of the beef industry and government policy. He almost died because of E. coli. It was over 20 days of hell in which his liver shut down and our son was on dialysis for 12 days. He contracted E. coli through cross-contamination. As Mr. Pollan's book points out, the bacteria had not been seen before 1980. Thankfully, our son's liver finally kicked back in but it left him severely anemic and two parents wrestling with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Our son is fine now, but the ordeal has left permanent psychic scars. Therefore, my perspective on how our "food" is produced is not exactly coming from the point-of-view of a guy who takes a Mr. Spock-like pure-logic approach on the subject matter.

I have read a handful of books like 'Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal' by Eric Schlosser and Matthew Scully's 'Dominion: The Power of Man, the Suffering of Animals, and the Call to Mercy.' While both of those books were informative and thought-provoking, Mr. Pollan's presentation merges the two, goes deeper, and also is written in a very approachable style. If you want to understand why we have an obesity epidemic and many food-related illnesses, the author's book correctly blames it on government policy and the huge food industries keeping the process as obscure as possible from the public. Mr. Pollan personal investigation and experiences of our food chain covers such topics as corn; synthetic fertilizers; the perverse economics of agriculture; Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations; the marketing of processed foods; the laughable criteria of what the government considers "organic"; the overuse of antibiotics due to warehousing cows, chickens and hogs is causing the evolution of superbugs; Whole Foods; why Americans are highly susceptible to diet and food fads; Mr. Pollan's experiences of working a week on a self-sustaining Virginia farm; and him making a meal by hunting, forging and growing it himself. Heck, the author evens goes places most of us care not to go such as slitting chickens throats as well as hunting and shooting (including skinning and gutting) a wild pig despite not knowing and loathing the whole notion of killing an animal with a rifle.

'The Omnivore Dilemma' is not some unhinged screed about us being all doomed if we don't listen to his advice. It is a rich, well-thought-out, informative, and very personal journey into how the junk gets onto our plates. Sure, there are segments that are truly disturbing, but also other portions that are thought-provoking and even uplifting. Neither die-hard animal-rights activists nor the industrial food complex will like what is between the cover of 'The Omnivore Dilemma.' The book has been a transformative experience for me. I'll never look at food the same way again.
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on April 19, 2015
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Probably the most important book I've read in the last 20 years. It should be used as a text in all US high schools. We all need to think more about what we eat, where it comes from, and how to make better selections. If not, were at the mercy of "Big Food" who believe me does not have our interests at heart. Ever wonder why we're fatter than the citizens of other developed nations, or why we have more diabetes, or worse health outcomes despite excellent medical care? Read. This. Book.
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