The Omnivore s Dilemma

Ten years ago, Michael Pollan confronted us with this seemingly simple question and, with The Omnivore’s Dilemma, his brilliant and eye-opening exploration of our food choices, demonstrated that how we answer it today may determine not ...

Author: Michael Pollan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101147172

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 464

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One of the New York Times Book Review's Ten Best Books of the Year Winner of the James Beard Award Author of How to Change Your Mind and the #1 New York Times Bestsellers In Defense of Food and Food Rules What should we have for dinner? Ten years ago, Michael Pollan confronted us with this seemingly simple question and, with The Omnivore’s Dilemma, his brilliant and eye-opening exploration of our food choices, demonstrated that how we answer it today may determine not only our health but our survival as a species. In the years since, Pollan’s revolutionary examination has changed the way Americans think about food. Bringing wide attention to the little-known but vitally important dimensions of food and agriculture in America, Pollan launched a national conversation about what we eat and the profound consequences that even the simplest everyday food choices have on both ourselves and the natural world. Ten years later, The Omnivore’s Dilemma continues to transform the way Americans think about the politics, perils, and pleasures of eating.

The Omnivore s Dilemma

Low-carb or low-cal? As the American culture of fast food and unlimited choice invades the world, Pollan follows his next meal from land to table, tracing the origin of everything consumed and the implications for ourselves and our planet.

Author: Michael Pollan

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 1408807254

Category: Cooking

Page: 464

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What shall we have for dinner? Such a simple question has grown to have a very complicated answer. We can eat almost anything nature has to offer, but deciding what we should eat stirs anxiety. Should we choose the organic apple or the conventional? If organic, local or imported? Wild fish or farmed? Low-carb or low-cal? As the American culture of fast food and unlimited choice invades the world, Pollan follows his next meal from land to table, tracing the origin of everything consumed and the implications for ourselves and our planet. His astonishing findings will shock all who care about what they put on their plate.

The Omnivore s Dilemma

I would never make such a bold claim except that, in the years since The Omnivore's Dilemma was first published in 2006, thousands of readers have told me exactly that— sometimes in letters and emails, other times in person (including ...

Author: Michael Pollan

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101148764

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 352

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The New York Times bestseller that’s changing America’s diet is now perfect for younger readers “What’s for dinner?” seemed like a simple question—until journalist and supermarket detective Michael Pollan delved behind the scenes. From fast food and big organic to small farms and old-fashioned hunting and gathering, this young readers’ adaptation of Pollan’s famous food-chain exploration encourages kids to consider the personal and global health implications of their food choices. In a smart, compelling format with updated facts, plenty of photos, graphs, and visuals, as well as a new afterword and backmatter, The Omnivore’s Dilemma serves up a bold message to the generation that needs it most: It’s time to take charge of our national eating habits—and it starts with you.

Quicklet on Michael Pollan s The Omnivore s Dilemma

As omnivores, humans are equipped both biologically and psychologically to eat both plants and animals. What sets us apart from other ... What is surprising is the complexity of the omnivore's dilemma. Is it better to go vegetarian, ...

Author: Lily McNeil

Publisher: Hyperink Inc

ISBN: 1614641811

Category: Study Aids

Page: 46

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Quicklets: Learn More. Read Less. Michael Pollan is an author, journalist and a professor of science and environmental journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. He has written many books, articles and essays on the American food system and sustainable agriculture. He is also the author of “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual,” “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto,” “The Botany of Desire: A Plant's-Eye View of the World,” “A Place of My Own,” and “Second Nature.” Pollan is the recipient of numerous journalistic awards, including the James Beard Award for best magazine series in 2003, and the Reuters-I.U.C.N. 2000 Global Award for Environmental Journalism. Pollan has served as executive editor of Harper's Magazine, and his articles appear in the “Best American Science Writing,” “Best American Essays” and the “Norton Book of Nature Writing” anthologies. “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” first published in 2006, was named 1 of the 10 best books of the year by the New York Times Book Review. It won the James Beard Book Award for Writing on Food, and in 2007 was a finalist of the National Book Critics Circle Award. The book can be found in hardback, paperback and e-book editions, as well as audiobook. There is also a young readers edition available. The documentary film, “Food, Inc.” is partially based upon this book. Quicklets: Learn More. Read Less. CHAPTER OUTLINE TABLE OF CONTENTS - About the Book - About the Author - Overall Summary - Chapter-by-Chapter Summary - List of Important People - Key Terms and Definitions - Interesting Related Facts - Sources and Additional Reading

Summary and Analysis of The Omnivore s Dilemma A Natural History of Four Meals 1

Sixteen: The Omnivore's Dilemma Many organisms are dependent on a single source of food. The monarch butterfly evolved to eat only milkweed, the koala only eucalyptus leaves. Human beings, however, are omnivores—we can eat a great many ...

Author: Worth Books

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1504044843

Category: Science

Page: 30

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So much to read, so little time? This brief overview of The Omnivore’s Dilemma tells you what you need to know—before or after you read Michael Pollan’s book. Crafted and edited with care, Worth Books set the standard for quality and give you the tools you need to be a well-informed reader. This short summary and analysis of The Omnivore’s Dilemma includes: Historical context Chapter-by-chapter summaries Profiles of the main characters Detailed timeline of events Important quotes Fascinating trivia Glossary of terms Supporting material to enhance your understanding of the original work About The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals by Michael Pollan: In the perennial bestseller The Omnivore’s Dilemma, acclaimed journalist Michael Pollan not only reports back from the frontlines of America’s dysfunctional food industry, but gets down and dirty with the scrappy farmers and foragers who have decided to “opt out” of the industrial food chain. Informative, entertaining, and often alarming, The Omnivore’s Dilemma examines dietary trends, the origins of what we eat, and the impact of our food choices on the environment and our health, and sheds desperately needed light on the saying “you are what you eat.” The summary and analysis in this ebook are intended to complement your reading experience and bring you closer to a great work of nonfiction.

New Directions in Biocultural Anthropology

“omnivore's. dilemma”. revisited. Randolph J. Widmer & Rebecca Storey Anthropology Program, Department of ... In 2010 George Armelagos reviewed and commented on Michael Pollan's popular book, The Omnivore's Dilemma (Pollan 2006).

Author: Molly K. Zuckerman

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 1118962966

Category: Science

Page: 514

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Biocultural or biosocial anthropology is a research approach that views biology and culture as dialectically and inextricably intertwined, explicitly emphasizing the dynamic interaction between humans and their larger social, cultural, and physical environments. The biocultural approach emerged in anthropology in the 1960s, matured in the 1980s, and is now one of the dominant paradigms in anthropology, particularly within biological anthropology. This volume gathers contributions from the top scholars in biocultural anthropology focusing on six of the most influential, productive, and important areas of research within biocultural anthropology. These are: critical and synthetic approaches within biocultural anthropology; biocultural approaches to identity, including race and racism; health, diet, and nutrition; infectious disease from antiquity to the modern era; epidemiologic transitions and population dynamics; and inequality and violence studies. Focusing on these six major areas of burgeoning research within biocultural anthropology makes the proposed volume timely, widely applicable and useful to scholars engaging in biocultural research and students interested in the biocultural approach, and synthetic in its coverage of contemporary scholarship in biocultural anthropology. Students will be able to grasp the history of the biocultural approach, and how that history continues to impact scholarship, as well as the scope of current research within the approach, and the foci of biocultural research into the future. Importantly, contributions in the text follow a consistent format of a discussion of method and theory relative to a particular aspect of the above six topics, followed by a case study applying the surveyed method and theory. This structure will engage students by providing real world examples of anthropological issues, and demonstrating how biocultural method and theory can be used to elucidate and resolve them. Key features include: Contributions which span the breadth of approaches and topics within biological anthropology from the insights granted through work with ancient human remains to those granted through collaborative research with contemporary peoples. Comprehensive treatment of diverse topics within biocultural anthropology, from human variation and adaptability to recent disease pandemics, the embodied effects of race and racism, industrialization and the rise of allergy and autoimmune diseases, and the sociopolitics of slavery and torture. Contributions and sections united by thematically cohesive threads. Clear, jargon-free language in a text that is designed to be pedagogically flexible: contributions are written to be both understandable and engaging to both undergraduate and graduate students. Provision of synthetic theory, method and data in each contribution. The use of richly contextualized case studies driven by empirical data. Through case-study driven contributions, each chapter demonstrates how biocultural approaches can be used to better understand and resolve real-world problems and anthropological issues.

Eating Culture

This translation from discernable qualities of food to the hidden nutrients necessary for energy, and cell growth and repair has often been presented as causing a dilemma—what to eat? The term “omnivore's dilemma" was coined in the ...

Author: Gillian Crowther

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 1487593295

Category: Social Science

Page: 384

View: 784

From ingredients and recipes to meals and menus across time and space, Eating Culture is a highly engaging overview that illustrates the important role that anthropology and anthropologists have played in understanding food, as well as the key role that food plays in the study of culture. The new edition, now with a full-color interior, introduces discussions about nomadism, commercializing food, food security, and ethical consumption, including treatment of animals and the long-term environmental and health consequences of meat consumption. "Grist to the Mill" sections at the end of each chapter provide further readings and "Food for Thought" case studies and exercises help to highlight anthropological methods and approaches. By considering the concept of cuisine and public discourse, this practical guide brings order and insight to our changing relationship with food.

Creating the Vital Organization

The omnivore's dilemma—as explained by Paul Rozin1—essentially states that omnivores must find new foods and new food sources as they move around, but at the same time use caution until the safety of the food source is proven.

Author: Scott M. Brooks

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137536942

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 230

View: 539

Are the day-to-day pressures of your business preventing your organization from reaching its full potential? If you are spending the bulk of your time and energy streamlining your operations - squeezing more output from your resources, shaving costs, or pressing for speed – you are risking your organization’s future. Today’s top leaders must balance their daily operations with future-oriented explorations so that their organizations can respond and adapt to any challenges in today’s increasingly competitive and fast-moving environment. Yet focusing on both Current Performance and Future Potential is a tricky balancing act; each is a distinct pursuit that requires different skills, resources, measurements of success, and even time horizons. This book tells stories of strategy, insight, and action, featuring the latest advancements in industrial and organizational science, that will help catapult your organization to success now and in the future. “div>

Aquatic Animal Nutrition

Trophic. Positions: An. Omnivores'. Dilemma ... Similarly, the functional role of omnivores as predators has often been underestimated in complex food webs, as hypothesized by Hellmann et al. (2013). These authors studied the omnivores ...

Author: Christian E. W. Steinberg

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319917676

Category: Science

Page: 474

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This book is a unique cross fertilization of aquatic ecology and aquaculture. It shows how diets structure the digestive tract and its microbiota and, in turn, the microbiota influences life history traits of its host, including behavior. Short-term starvation can have beneficial effects on individuals themselves and succeeding generations which may acquire multiple stress resistances – a mechanism strengthening the persistence of populations. From terrestrial, but not yet from aquatic animals, it is understood that circadian the rhythmicity makes toxins or good food. On the long-term, the dietary basis impacts succeeding generations and can trigger a sympatric speciation by (epi)-genetics. This volume defines gaps in nutritional research and practice of farmed fishes and invertebrates by referring to knowledge from marine and freshwater biology. It also points out that dietary benefits and deficiencies have effects on several succeeding generations, indicating that well designed diets may have the potential to successfully improve broodstock and breeding effort.

Food and Identity in Early Rabbinic Judaism

This phenomenon is often referred toas either the “omnivore's paradox”or, more famously, “the omnivore's dilemma.”2 In the ancient Mediterranean (and, in fact, in all places and time periods prior to the invention of modern ...

Author: Jordan Rosenblum

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521195985

Category: History

Page: 223

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Food often defines societies and even civilizations. Through particular commensality restrictions, groups form distinct identities. This identity is enacted daily, turning the biological need to eat into a culturally significant activity. In this book, Jordan D. Rosenblum explores how food regulations and practices helped to construct the identity of early rabbinic Judaism. Bringing together the scholarship of rabbinics with that of food studies, this volume first examines the historical reality of food production and consumption in Roman-era Palestine. It then explores how early rabbinic food regulations created a distinct Jewish, male, and rabbinic identity.

Doing Nutrition Differently

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan [Online: Weston A. Price Foundation]. Available at: book-reviews/thumbs-down/1822-the-omnivores-dilemma.html [accessed: 1 March 2011]. Fallon Morell, S. 2011.

Author: Allison Hayes-Conroy

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317148606

Category: Science

Page: 324

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'Hegemonic nutrition' is produced and proliferated by a wide variety of social institutions such as mainstream nutrition science, clinical nutrition as well as those less classically linked such as life science/agro-food companies, the media, family, education, religion and the law. The collective result is an approach to and practice of nutrition that alleges not only one single, clear-cut and consented-upon set of rules for 'healthy eating,' but also tacit criteria for determining individual fault, usually some combination of lack of education, motivation, and unwillingness to comply. Offering a collection of critical, interdisciplinary replies and responses to the matter of 'hegemonic nutrition' this book presents contributions from a wide variety of perspectives; nutrition professionals and lay people, academics and activists, adults and youth, indigenous, Chicana/o, Latina/o, Environmentalist, Feminist and more. The critical commentary collectively asks for a different, more attentive, and more holistic practice of nutrition. Most importantly, this volume demonstrates how this 'new' nutrition is actually already being performed in small ways across the American continent. In doing so, the volume empowers diverse knowledges, histories, and practices of nutrition that have been marginalized, re-casts the objectives of dietary intervention, and most broadly, attempts to revolutionize the way that nutrition is done.


Omnivore's. Dilemma. Author Michael Pollan has written a series of books studying the food we eat. In The Omnivore's Dilemma (Pollan, 2006), he posed this basic question: What should we eat for omnivores—that is, humans—since we can eat ...

Author: Scott T. Young

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412982847

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 416

View: 484

Sustainability: Essentials for Business is the first survey text of its kind to offer a comprehensive treatment of the relationship between business and sustainability. The book begins with a macro perspective of the renewable resources such as air, water, forests, energy, etc. This discussion provides a starting point for the students unfamiliar with this sphere, so that the later chapters on environmental challenges can be framed within an appropriate context. The book then segues into the micro issues by shifting toward stakeholder interests and choices. Here, the chapters explore the various stakeholders involved - from organizations to consumers to non-governmental organizations, etc. The third section of the book aims to present business solutions designed to address and promote sustainability. This section will also discuss transparent and voluntary reporting along with the standards. The last section of the book concludes with ideas and questions about moving towards a sustainable future.

Go Wild

... still when we add to this what has come to be called the omnivore's dilemma, a dilemma caused by conflicting interests. Because we are omnivores and because we range over the entire planet, it is in our interests to exploit as many ...

Author: John J. Ratey

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0316246077

Category: Psychology

Page: 288

View: 356

The scientific evidence behind why maintaining a lifestyle more like that of our ancestors will restore our health and well-being. In Go Wild, Harvard Medical School Professor John Ratey, MD, and journalist Richard Manning reveal that although civilization has rapidly evolved, our bodies have not kept pace. This mismatch affects every area of our lives, from our general physical health to our emotional wellbeing. Investigating the power of living according to our genes in the areas of diet, exercise, sleep, nature, mindfulness and more, Go Wild examines how tapping into our core DNA combats modern disease and psychological afflictions, from Autism and Depression to Diabetes and Heart Disease. By focusing on the ways of the past, it is possible to secure a healthier and happier future, and Go Wild will show you how.

Food for Thought

Notes 1. See 2. Catherine Bell, Ritual: Perspectives and Dimensions (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997), 160. 3. Michael Pollan, The Omnivore's Dilemma (New York: Penguin, 2006), 299.

Author: Lawrence C. Rubin

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786451513

Category: Social Science

Page: 315

View: 174

Historically, few topics have attracted as much scholarly, professional, or popular attention as food and eating—as one might expect, considering the fundamental role of food in basic human survival. Almost daily, a new food documentary, cooking show, diet program, food guru, or eating movement arises to challenge yesterday’s dietary truths and the ways we think about dining. This work brings together voices from a wide range of disciplines, providing a fascinating feast of scholarly perspectives on food and eating practices, contemporary and historic, local and global. Nineteen essays cover a vast array of food-related topics, including the ever-increasing problems of agricultural globalization, the contemporary mass-marketing of a formerly grassroots movement for organic food production, the Food Network’s successful mediation of social class, the widely popular phenomenon of professional competitive eating and current trends in “culinary tourism” and fast food advertising. Instructors considering this book for use in a course may request an examination copy here.

Handbook of Research on Science Literacy Integration in Classroom Environments

After reading The Omnivore's Dilemma (Pollan, 2007), students saw the industrialization of food, as well as the effect of childhood poverty on childhood obesity, then used their newly found understanding to create visual representations ...

Author: Tai, Chih-Che

Publisher: IGI Global

ISBN: 1522563652

Category: Education

Page: 383

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Secondary schools are continually faced with the task of preparing students for a world that is more connected, advanced, and globalized than ever before. In order to adequately prepare students for their future, educators must provide them with strong reading and writing skills, as well as the ability to understand scientific concepts. The Handbook of Research on Science Literacy Integration in Classroom Environments is a pivotal reference source that provides vital research on the importance of cross-curriculum/discipline connections in improving student understanding and education. While highlighting topics such as curriculum integration, online learning, and instructional coaching, this publication explores practices in teaching students how to analyze and interpret data, as well as reading, writing, and speaking. This book is ideally designed for teachers, graduate-level students, academicians, instructional designers, administrators, and education researchers seeking current research on science literacy adoption in contemporary classrooms.

The Story of Food in the Human Past

Food writer Michael Pollan has notably written about this so- called omnivore's dilemma.6 Not all potential foods are equally nutritious, available, or safe to eat, but instinct alone does not tell us omnivores which to choose.

Author: Robyn E. Cutright

Publisher: Archaeology of Food

ISBN: 0817359850

Category: Cooking

Page: 288

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Introduction : food for thought -- Part I. How did food shape us as humans? : food in human evolution -- Hunters and scavengers : the true "caveman" diet -- Little house on the savanna : fire, grandmothers, and homo erectus -- Big game and small houses in the upper Paleolithic -- Part II. What role did food play in past human societies? : the prehistory of food -- Domesticating humans : the origins of the agricultural lifestyle -- "Drinking beer in a blissful mood" : feasts and fancy meals in the past -- The taste of power : cuisine, class, and conquest -- Foods of the gods and sacred meals -- Daily bread : everyday meals, gender, and identity in the past - Conclusion : we are what we ate.

Plants First

One of my favorites, Michael Pollan's The Omnivore's Dilemma, was a game-changer in the way I viewed the Styrofoam packages of conventional chicken I had been buying at the grocery store. I read The Omnivore's Dilemma as a medical ...

Author: Katie Takayasu

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1628604425

Category: Cooking

Page: 320

View: 755

In Plants First, Dr. Katie explains how to make small, steady shifts in your lifestyle to calm and refresh your brain and body through her five-day plant-powered health reset, which will help tap into your body's innate wisdom for natural detoxification. She explains how to stock your Kitchen Pharmacy with good foods and supplements for a plant-forward diet, and with her yummy, family-friendly recipes, you ll start creating balance on your plate and move along the path to a healthier lifestyle.

Science Hacks

omnivore's. dilemma. A. rational. explanation. for. irrational. behaviour? 1/Helicopter. view: Parents of very young children sometimes face a daily battle to encourage their toddler to eat. In 1976, Paul Rozin provided an evolutionary ...

Author: Colin Barras

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 1788400453

Category: Science

Page: 208

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With Science Hacks, you no longer need a PhD to understand the fascinating ideas behind science's greatest theories and discoveries. This latest addition to the ingenious new Hacks series will show you a technique for understanding and, crucially, remembering 100 of the most important and most interesting scientific theories from throughout the ages. On each topic, you'll start with a helicopter overview of the subject, which will give you an introduction to the idea and some context surrounding it. Next, you'll zoom in on the core elements of the theory, with clear explanation of each point to make sure you really understand the concept before finally, you'll be given a one-liner hack to really make the theory stick in your mind. Includes such topics and fields as: Particle Physics Evolutionary Biology Genetics Medicine Chemistry Ecology