I have to admit that our "dilemma" has been made that much more difficult with this newest Michael Pollan masterpiece! It is helplessly cliche yet true that igorance is bliss. I have three small children and can't help but be concerned about what is being put into their bodies. We have always been health concious yet after reading this book I feel that our efforts have been pathetically feeble. Yet I feel a new understanding and appreciation for those farmers who don't buy into the industrial complex just to make a buck (and what a few "bucks" you will make if you did). I had an economics professor tell us once that the largest welfare recipients in this country are farmers. Pollan just helps confirm and expound as to why! An ancient philosopher once said that "Knowledge is power as long as we act on it." This book, along with "fastfood nation" and the film "supersize me", is a major kick in the pants to act.
Pollan does an excellent job of investigating the current state of our food system. The historical and scientific background information is especially valuable. I found the book easy to listen to and fascinating.
My only minor quibble is with how much of a fan Pollan clearly is of his new friends, the sustainable farmers and foragers. He loses a small amount of credibility by becoming so personally involved. Some of this personal involvement adds pleasant levity to the title, as well, so it's not a major problem.
I have talked about this book to numerous friend's and have really been moved by what it said. This is not just a book, but a piece of our culture. I think it should be required reading.
If you made it to this the 42nd review, I would like to share a quick testamony. How we handle the land that feeds us is not a small matter. This book is a tome, a large and deeply researched piece, not to be confused with entertainment. After working in the health food industry and watching, first hand, much of what this book has to tell, I cannot put words on how grateful I am this information has been gathered and presented.
This book changed the way I view food. I promise you'll never look at a supermarket, a farmed field or a plate of food the same way again. It offers a holistic view of everything from our industrial mono-culture society to the undercurrent of change running beneath it. This book is amazing.
Would be a very interesting story if there were not as much repeated - probably could get it from 15 hours to about 8, and then it would be a very engaging story.
Pollan's book was informative and researched. There's little manipulation here just the facts. As a vegetarian, I believed that I was making the "right and ethical" decision by eating what I could not kill. Pollan's book made me rethink everything with an eye towards sustainability and nature (would chickens as they are now be found in nature?). This book has truly changed my views on marketing, cooking and eating. The narrator is just perfect, too.
The content of this ook was amazing and thought provoking.
It really makes you THINK.
The author is a bit wordy and long winded at times, but the rich content makes up for it.
If you do not have a large vocabulary, you may get hung up on some of the authors overly styalized text.
Some people dislike this reader, but i find his voice pleasant enough.
I enjoyed this book, and recommend that everyone read/listen to it.